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Common Name:Woodpecker, Nuttall's
Scientific Name:Picoides nuttallii
Area:male - San Lorenzo Park - King City, California
Date:November 28, 2010

This small woodpecker of California is larger than a Downy Woodpecker but smaller than a Hairy Woodpecker. It is similar in size to a Ladder-backed Woodpecker, and both have a striped pattern on their backs, however Nuttall's have a black shoulder at the top. Nuttall's are found in oak woods, Ladder-backed in the desert. William Gambel, a protege of Thomas Nuttall, named this woodpecker in Nuttall's honor.

female - El Chorro Regional Park, California - - - - December 4, 2010

Reference:The Sibley Guide to Birds by Sibley / Of a Feather by Weidensaul