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Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Lewis's Woodpecker, Cabin Lake Viewing Blinds, Deschutes National Forest, Near Fort Rock, Oregon
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
LEWIS'S WOODPECKER FACTSDescription
Lewis's Woodpecker is a large gray-green woodpecker with a red face, black rump and pink-red breast. It has a pale gray collar and upper breast and pink belly. The wings are broad giving it a slow wing beat. The bill and feet are gray.
25cm - 28cm
open pine woodlands, grassland and shrubland with scattered trees.
digs out insects by boring into trees with its bill, and catches insects in flight. Also feeds on berries and nuts. It stores nuts in cracks and holes in trees for winter food.
Lewis's Woodpecker nests in a hole made in a dead tree branch. The female lays five to nine white eggs. The young leave the nest about 4 to 5 weeks after hatching.
western and central United States. In winter, ranges from northern Mexico to southern Canada.
Relatives in same Genus
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (M. aurifrons)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (M. carolinus)
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (M. chrysogenys)
Red-headed Woodpecker (M. erythrocephalus)
Acorn Woodpecker (M. formicivorus)
Black-cheeked Woodpecker (M. pucherani)
Gila Woodpecker (M. uropygialis)