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Black-Backed Woodpecker Video Stock Footage

The plumage of adults is black on the head, back, wings and rump. They are white from the throat to the belly the flanks are white with black bars. Their tail is black with white outer feathers. There is an element of sexual dimorphism in the plumage, with the adult male possessing a yellow cap. Unlike all other woodpeckers except the related American and Eurasian three-toed woodpeckers, this species has three-toed feet. Nest excavation occurs in April and May a fresh nest is drilled each year into the sapwood of dead trees. Abandoned nests are used by other species of bird to nest in. The female lays three or four eggs, and incubation duties are shared between both parents, although the male alone incubates during the night. Upon hatching the altricial chicks are brooded until the nestling phase. Both parents feed the chicks, which take about 24 days to fledge.

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Animalia: Chordata: Piciformes: Aves: Picidae: Picoides arcticus

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