The Black Hills, South Dakota/Wyoming - Marc Haegeman Photography

Three-toed woodpeckers - heroes of the Black Hills

With the epidemic of the mountain pine beetle in Western North America, the three-toed woodpecker and the blackbacked woodpecker are considered the local heroes, since the wood-boring pests are primarily on their menu. A male is feeding his chick larvae.

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