Lewis's Woodpecker
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Melanerpes lewis

Status

Threatened

Description

Lewis's Woodpeckers are a relatively large species of woodpecker. They are very distinctive, with a dark, green-black iridescent back and rosy pink belly and chest. The face is reddish pink and there is a distinctive silver "collar" around the neck.

Habitat

Lewis's Woodpecker prefer open, mature ponderosa pine forests; riparian black cottonwood stands adjacent to open areas; and recently logged or burned coniferous forests with standing snags in valley bottoms. They like to nest in large, standing dead or dying trees (snags) and feed in relatively open areas.

Threats

Habitat loss due to urban and agricultural development
Removal of wildlife trees
Fire suppression
Pesticide use reducing insect populations

You Can Help!

Conserve and protect wildlife habitat
Avoid using insecticides whenever possible.
Retain large snags and dead trees unless they are unsafe

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