Arizona Woodpecker

Picoides arizonae

Order

PICIFORMES

Family

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Code 4

ARWO

Code 6

PICARI

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Arizona Woodpecker was not a recognized species prior to 2000. In 2000, the Arizona Woodpecker received an evaluation of Lower Risk. Today, the Arizona Woodpecker has a global range of around 330,000 square kilometers and is found in the United States and Mexico. The population of this bird is believed to be as many as half a million individual birds. As there have not been any serious declines in the population of the Arizona Woodpecker over the last ten years, it currently has an evaluation of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Arizona Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with brown upperparts and heavily spotted and barred white underparts. The forehead and crown are brown, nape patch is red, and throat is white. Face is white with a large, brown cheek patch, creating a white eyebrow and line from the bill to neck.


Range and Habitat

Arizona Woodpecker: Occurs in the mountains of extreme southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. Range extends southward into Mexico through Sierra Madre Occidental of Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Zacatecas, and Michoaca. Frequents open oak or pine-oak woodlands or sycamores in canyons.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"peek", "chick", "chriek-a"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Arizona Woodpecker is known in older field guides as a subspecies of Strickland's Woodpecker.
  • Of the typical woodpeckers of the U.S. and Canada, the Arizona Woodpecker is the only species that is brown and white and not black and white.
  • They are one of the primary cavity nesters in their area, and are responsible for providing nest sites for a large number of additional species.
  • A group of woodpeckers has many collective nouns, including a "descent", "drumming", and "gatling" of woodpeckers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Arizona Woodpecker

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X