Woodpeckers (Picidae)

White-headed Woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus) - HBW 7, p. 493

French: Pic à tête blanche German: Weißkopfspecht Spanish: Pico Cabeciblanco

Taxonomy: Leuconerpes albolarvatus Cassin, 1850, Oregon Canyon, California.
Closest to P. borealis, P. stricklandi and P. villosus. Races rather poorly differentiated, with variation possibly clinal. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • albolarvatus (Cassin, 1850) - SC British Columbia S, discontinuously in mountains, to Washing­ton, W Idaho, Oregon, California (S in Coast Ranges to NW Colusa, and along Sierra Nevada in E), and extreme W Nevada.
  • gravirostris (Grinnell, 1902) - SW California (mountains around Los Angeles and San Diego).