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Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Lewis's Woodpecker

Melanerpes lewis



First Noted by Expedition
July 20, 1805, north of Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana.
 

Description
Smaller than a flicker. Metallic greenish black above; gray collar and breast; pinkish red belly; dark red face framed with greenish black. Sexes alike. Flight is crowlike, not undulating. Length 10.5-11.5 in (27-29 cm).
 

Voice
Usually silent, but occasionally gives a low churring note.
 

Habitat
Open pine-oak woodlands, oak or cottonwood groves in grasslands, ponderosa pine country.
 

Range
Breeds from southern British Columbia and Alberta south to central California, northern Arizona, and northern New Mexico. Winters from southern British Columbia and Oregon to Colorado and south to northern Mexico; wanders east to Great Plains.
 

Note
Unlike most woodpeckers, Lewis's does not peck at wood for food and is seen more often on top of a fence post than clinging to it vertically.

Species information from enature.com
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