French: Pic à tête blanche German: Weißkopfspecht Spanish: Pico cabeciblanco
Oregon Canyon, California, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
L. a. albolarvatus
(Cassin, 1850) – SC British Columbia S, discontinuously in mountains, to Washington, W Idaho, Oregon, California (S in Coast Ranges to NW Colusa, and along Sierra Nevada in E), and extreme W Nevada.
L. a. gravirostris
(Grinnell, 1902) – SW California (mountains around Los Angeles and San Diego).
24 cm; 50–79 g, mostly 52–68 g. Male has white forehead, crown, lores, side of head, and chin to upper breast, usually faint buff tinge on forehead, greyish tinge... read more
Call “peek-it” or “pee-dink”, often trisyllabic; also “kit-kit-kit-... read more
Tall, open mixed coniferous forest in mountains, particularly with ponderosa pine (Pinus... read more
Food and feeding
Animal food mostly insects and their larvae, especially ants, beetles, also scale insects (Homoptera); pine seeds regularly taken from... read more
May–Jul; from Apr in S. Flutter-aerial display by male during courtship. Nest excavated by both partners, duration 3–4 weeks,... read more
Some downslope movement and wandering after breeding season. Recorded outside normal range on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to rare in N of range; fairly common to common elsewhere. Occurs in low densities: estimates include 0·5 birds/40·5 ha in... read more
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