Arizona Woodpecker

Leuconotopicus arizonae

The Arizona Woodpecker was formerly called the Strickland’s Woodpecker and the Brown-Backed Woodpecker. The primary range for this bird is the mountains of Western Mexico, but it is sometimes found in the Sky Islands of southern Arizona. These birds prefer pine-oak woodlands. Some authorities continue to place this species in the genus Picoides.

When foraging, these birds behave similarly to Brown Creepers; starting at the base of the tree and working their way up, before flying off to the base of the next tree on the menu.

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