Ladder-backed Woodpecker is a small woodpecker of dry habitats in the
southwestern U.S. Their range extends southward through Mexico and
into central America. While inhabiting generally similar habitat as
other larger woodpeckers of the desert southwest, Ladder-backed Woodpeckers
are able to thrive in areas without large trees, with stands of mesquite or
other small desert trees typically adequate to support nesting populations.
Habitat: Found in mostly dry shrubby habitats in
the American Southwest with scattered trees, such as in and around riparian
areas, desert washes, mequite stands, and suburban trees.
Diet: Primarily feeds on insects, but will also
feed on fruits and berries.
Behavior: Forages using a variety of techniques,
but primarily by climbing and flitting through shrubs and small trees,
gleaning insects from foliage and branches. They will also sometimes forage
on the ground for insects.
Nesting: The nest of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker is
in a tree cavity. They often use mesquite, oak, or other deciduous
trees, but they also will use cavities in Joshua trees, saguaro cactus, or
telephone poles. Both parents help to incubate the eggs, and both
parents tend to the young and help feed them.
Song: Has a variety of calls, including a staccato
"pik" call, and a slow rattling call.
Migration: Considered a permanent resident
throughout its North American range.
Photo Information: Photo taken on September 13th,
2006 - Outskirts of Tucson, Arizona - Terry Sohl