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Strickland's Woodpecker - BirdForum Opus

Photo by bobsofpa
Madera Canyon, Arizona, USA, May 2005
Dryobates stricklandi


18–19 cm (7-7½ in)

  • Buff nasal tufts
  • Blackish-brown forehead, crown and hindneck
  • Red nape
  • Broad white strip behind eye
  • Dark brown upper lores
  • White underparts, heavily spotted
  • Three white wing bars

Female similar, but lacks red nape


Coniferous forests of eastern Mexico (Michoacán to west-central Veracruz)


This is a monotypic species[1].<br Formerly treated conspecific with Arizona Woodpecker.
Placed in genus Leuconotopicus by Gill and Donsker. Formerly included in genus Picoides


Temperate coniferous forests and mixed pine-oak slopes at heights around 4,500 to 7,000 feet.



Their diet consists mostly of insects, particularly beetle larvae, with the addition of some fruit and seeds.

They usually feed alone, but will join mixed species feeding flocks.


They nest in a cavity excavated from a dead tree trunk. The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs which are laid on a bed of wood chips. There is little other information.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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