French: Pic mineur German: Dunenspecht Spanish: Pico pubescente
South Carolina, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
D. p. medianus
(Swainson, 1832) – C Alaska and Canada (E of Rockies, from S Mackenzie and Alberta) E to S Quebec and Newfoundland, and S in USA to Nebraska and Virginia.
D. p. glacialis
Grinnell, 1910 – SE Alaskan coast.
D. p. fumidus
Maynard, 1889 – W British Columbia S along coast to extreme NW USA (W Washington).
D. p. gairdnerii
(Audubon, 1839) – coastal W USA from Oregon to NW California.
D. p. leucurus
(Hartlaub, 1852) – Rocky Mts from SE Alaska S to NE California, Arizona and New Mexico.
D. p. turati
(Malherbe, 1860) – inland Washington and Oregon, and California (except NW & NE).
D. p. pubescens
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Kansas E to North Carolina and S to SE Texas and Florida.
15–17 cm; 20·7–32·2 g, mean 27·0 g. Male has whitish nasal tufts, black forehead to hindcrown, red nape, narrowly black hindneck; white... read more
Single “pik” notes, sometimes at high rates in alarm; characteristic series of notes,... read more
Deciduous and mixed forest, woodland, second growth, parks and gardens, including in suburban and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, some vegetable matter. Wood-boring larvae an important component; beetles and ants each form about a third of the diet;... read more
Egg-laying in Apr–May in Florida, in May–Jul in British Columbia; may rear more than 1 brood within a season. Flutter-aerial... read more
Resident in most of range. N and montane populations partially migratory or disperse over longer... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to very common; the commonest woodpecker in many parts of range. Populations generally stable, with some local increases; adaptable, able to... read more
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