With its greenish-black back, pink belly, grey
collar and red face, Lewis’s Woodpecker is easy
to recognize. It is a fairly large woodpecker.
Its body is 26 to 29 centimetres long, its wingspan
is about 50 centimetres and it weighs 100 to
120 grams. The male is slightly
larger than the female. Lewis’s
Woodpeckers are quiet birds,
except for the occasional harsh
“churrrr” call. Most woodpeckers
have a “bounding” flight, meaning
that they lift and fall with each
wingbeat, but Lewis’s Woodpecker
flies in a steady, even line like a crow.
This flight pattern, together with its
dark colouring, has earned it the nickname
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. 1998. Lewis's Woodpecker. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Wildlife at Risk Factsheet
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: species at risk, sara, woodpecker, lewis's woodpecker
Scientific Name: Melanerpes lewis
English Name: Lewis's Woodpecker
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