Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)

Widespread and generally uncommon but occasionally somewhat communal in western North America.
Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Bitterroot River near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 3013
Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Bitterroot River near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
16 July 3013

Unlike any other North American woodpecker!

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Bitterroot River near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 3013
Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Bitterroot River near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 3013
Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Bitterroot River near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 3013
Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Bitterroot River near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
16 July 3013

Woodpeckers have stiff central tail feathers for propping against tree trunks for leverage when pecking!


Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
Bitterroot River near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 3013

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