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Black-backed Woodpecker
Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Medium-sized black and white woodpecker
- Black head
- Narrow postocular streak
- White moustachial stripe widens at rear margin and
  extends along lower margin of auriculars
- White throat, breast, and belly
- White flanks with black barring
- Entirely black back
- Black wings marked with white spots on flight
  feathers
- Black rump
- Black tail with white outer tail feathers

Adult male
- Yellow cap at top of head with fuzzy edges

Similar species
All other woodpecker have white or barred backs, and Downy and Hairy woodpeckers have unbarred flanks. Only Three-toed Woodpecker could be confused with the Black-backed Woodpecker. Black-backed Woodpecker is distinguished from the Three-toed Woodpecker by the entirely black back, postocular stripe which does not extend down neck, and wholly white outer tail feathers.
 
 
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