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Ladder-Backed Woodpecker

Dryobates scalaris

The Ladder-Backed Woodpecker is resident from the American Southwest from the Mojave Desert in California, east across southern Arizona and New Mexico, and into western Texas. Found year-round wherever they live, these birds are common from the southeast USA and southward over much of Mexico. Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers closely associate with cactus for both foraging and nesting.

Closely related to the Nuttall’s Woodpecker, there are differences (see <this link> for details).

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