Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) - HBW 7, p. 495
French: Pic à dos noir
Spanish: Pico Ártico
Other common names: Arctic (Three-toed) Woodpecker, Black-backed Three-toed Woodpecker
Taxonomy: Picus (Apternus) arcticus Swainson, 1832, near the sources of the Athabasca River, eastern slope of the Rockies.
Closely related to P. tridactylus and P. dorsalis. Monotypic.
Distribution: W & C Alaska E through C Canada (N to area W of Great Bear Lake, C Manitoba and N Ontario) to S Labrador and Newfoundland, and S, discontinuously in W, to California and W Nevada (Sierra Nevada), Wyoming, SC Saskatchewan and NE Minnesota, and in E to N Michigan, SE Ontario, New York and Nova Scotia.
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An adult female pecking on a trunk Locality Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Don DesJardin 23 October 2004 6 years ago 17 sec 4.4
A pair at a nest hole Locality Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Steven Siegel 31 May 2000 9 years ago 25 sec 4.3
A male pecking on a spruce trunk, eating larvae after removing the bark, and then flying away. Locality Shuttleworth Creek Road, British Columbia, Canada (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 14 August 2012 35 weeks ago 1 min 7 sec 4
male marking territory drumming tree Locality Minnesota, USA (United States)
Malcolm Mark Swan 4 June 2008 4 years ago 40 sec 4
A male searching food on a spruce trunk. Locality Shuttleworth Creek Road, British Columbia, Canada (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 14 August 2012 35 weeks ago 26 sec 3.4
Climbing a tree
Locality Île aux Basques, Quebec, Canada
Guy Poisson 10 October 2009 2 years ago 4
Female on a dead balsam fir
Locality Long Pond, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Todd Boland 15 September 2008 4 years ago 3.8
Male unusually far south.
Locality Hyde Tract, Halton Region, Ontario, Canada
Miriam Bauman 6 May 2005 2 years ago 3.4