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American Three-toed Woodpecker
Picoides dorsalis
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

Although not common, the American Three-toed Woodpecker can be found across the boreal region of Alberta, as well as in the mountains and foothills.

Mature spruce forests containing stands of dead trees, as well as burns and clearcuts are the ideal habitat for this relatively quiet woodpecker.

This woodpecker forages for insects by stripping bark from dead, often fire-killed trees. It also eats berries, sap and nuts.

The nest is excavated two to 15 feet high in a dead tree. Two to six eggs are incubated for 14 days, and young are fledged 22 to 25 days later. This woodpecker may be loosely colonial where food is abundant.

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Where to find American Three-toed Woodpeckers in Alberta   

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