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Lewis’s Woodpecker

Melanerpes lewis

The Lewis’s Woodpecker behaves mostly in a very ‘un-woodpecker-like’ manner. More often it gleans insect prey from the surfaces of trees, or by ‘fly-catching’ (catching insects in mid-air). The range of these birds is western USA and southwestern Canada. They prefer open woodland habitat.

Our bird was discovered by ornithologists when Meriwether Lewis brought over 200 animal samples back from the famous Corps of Discovery Expedition. In 1806, famed ornithological pioneer Alexander Wilson named this bird in his honor.

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