Lewis's Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis



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The Lewis's Woodpecker is a bulky pink and green woodpecker with a red face that often appears dark depending on lighting. It looks like a woodpecker, but forages like a flycatcher.


A green-backed woodpecker with a pink belly, a gray collar, and a red face patch.


A large, dark woodpecker with a pink belly and red face. Occasionally visits feeders.


Can appear black, especially at a distance and in poor light. Unlike other woodpeckers, often catches insects on the wing. In flight often looks and flies like a crow.

Recommended Citation

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/lewwoo