Lewis's Woodpecker

Melanerpes lewis

Status

Special Concern

Description

This bird is easily recognizable, with a pink belly, a grey collar, red face, and green-black wings and back.

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

Clearing of ponderous pine and black cottonwood stands that support wildlife trees
Fire suppression

You Can Help!

Conserve remaining old-growth ponderosa pine and black cottonwood stands, particularly when large diameter wildlife trees are present
Report sightings to your local conservation group or
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