French: Pic de Lewis German: Blutgesichtsspecht Spanish: Carpintero de Lewis
G. R. Gray
no locality = Montana, USA
Coastal ranges and foothills of Rocky Mts from S British Columbia S to Arizona and New Mexico, E to W South Dakota, Wyoming and SE Colorado; in winter mostly in S parts of range.
c. 26–29 cm; 85–138 g. Small to medium-sized woodpecker, unmistakable; flies with slow wingbeats in straight line, not undulating, appears very dark. Both... read more
Series of short, rather loud and harsh “churr” calls, usually 3–8 in quick... read more
Breeds in open habitats with some dead trees with decayed wood for nesting, and with rich food... read more
Food and feeding
In spring and summer, various insects, especially ants and other Hymenoptera, also beetles, Orthoptera (mainly Tettigoniidae); also fruits... read more
Apr–Sept, mostly May–Jul; breeds 1–3 weeks later in S of range or at low altitudes than in N or uplands. Apparently... read more
Mostly migratory. Because of marked seasonal changes in diet, has to move variable distances to non... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon or rare. No figures for total population size; estimated 700–1200 breeding birds in British Columbia in 1990.... read more
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