black-backed woodpecker


Definition of black-backed woodpecker

: a three-toed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) native to forests of the northern U.S. and Canada that is black above and white below with dark barring on the flanks, a white facial stripe, and in the male a yellow crown Then we spot it: a black-backed woodpecker, going about its business of dismantling the bark from a dead lodgepole pine, oblivious to the humans watching from below. — Terry Richard, Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 23 May 2010 On another trail we found two black-backed woodpeckers quietly pecking at the bases of conifers.— Gerry Rising, Buffalo News, 20 Feb. 2005

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First Known Use of black-backed woodpecker

1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Black-backed woodpecker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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