acorn or nuttall's woodpecker

by James Hedges
(New York, NY)


Posted to a friend's Facebook wall. Was found in a house in California. She took it to a wildlife center who identified it as a Acorn Woodpecker. That doesn't seem right to me, considering, for example, that it doesn't have a black back or chest. My guess was Nuttall's Woodpecker, with black-and-white barred back, and unbarred black region at top of back.

Please help us solve this mystery! Thank you very much!

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It's always harder confirming the identity of baby birds. I don't believe it is an Acorn Woodpecker and it took me some time to determine it isn't a Ladder-backed Woodpecker. A Ladder-backed's black facial stripes are not joined to the black on the back, whereas a Nuttall's stripes are joined to a black patch on the upper back. I believe you're correct; that it is a Nuttall's Woodpecker.
Darling little thing, isn't it. Hope it survives.
Your friend was absolutely correct in taking it to a wildlife center.
Susan

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acorn or nuttall's woodpecker

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May 02, 2011
Nuttall's or Acorn?
by: Anonymous

Looks like a Nuttall's woodpecker not an Acorn Woodpecker.

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