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American Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides dorsalis

Uncommon and local in higher-elevation coniferous forest in Kittitas County. Rare in King County with only three BBA records near Cascade crest, including "confirmed" breeding pair at Pyramid Creek. Sparse occurrence does not support generous range on west side of crest mapped by Washington Gap report (Smith et al. 1997). Generally found in dense closed-canopy forests, favoring Engelmann spruce (Opperman et al. 2003). Readily exploits insect infestations following forest burns, so distribution may vary with opportunity.

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