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Lewis’ woodpecker

This Rocky Mountain species makes infrequent appearances in the western two-thirds of our state. It’s a show-stopper when it does, typically in winter. Thanks to social media, birders hear about its rare appearance and flock to get a glimpse of its crazy colors, so unlike any of our state’s other woodpeckers. The bird’s predominance of black feathers and level flight, unlike the typical undulating flight of most woodpeckers, make it look more like a small crow until you spot the splashes of gray and dark red.


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