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Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus

Flight call description A rattle call similar to Black-backed Woodpecker's (K. Eckert, pers. comm.). A rich "pwiwk" may occasionally be given in short flights.


Fig.1. Manitoba May 28, 1993 (Lang Elliott).

"Pwiwk" call from perched bird.



Diurnal calling sequence:

1. Manitoba May 28, 1993 (Lang Elliott). Perched bird.


Similar species  See Black-backed Woodpecker. "Pwiwk" call is similar to Hairy Woodpecker's "peek!" but is much lower.


Behavior Limited migratory movements probably take place during both day and night. Rattle call typically given in flight and the "pwiwk" call primarily from perched birds (Leonard, 2001).