Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Birds of Point Pelee National Park
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Woodpecker, Three-toed (Local Rarety)
-Picoides tridactylus (Linnaeus)
Three instead of four toes distinguish it from the other woodpeckers except the Black-backed Woodpecker. The present species differs from the Black-backed in having white bars on the back (in western populations the white bars are sometimes coalesced into a longitudinal white stripe down the back) and is somewhat smaller in size. As in the Black-backed the male has a yellow crown-patch, which is lacking in the adult female.