Description: Has narrow black and white bars on its back with solid black patches just below the nape; white-spotted outer tail feathers.
Habitat: Prefers chaparral and scrub oak stands. Also seen in wooded canyons and in trees along stream sides.
Diet: Insects, acorns, berries, sap and grain. Forages on tree trunks, routing out insects with its long, pointed beak.
Displays: Very territorial. Warns off invaders with aerial displays and by bobbing its head and raising its wings.
Nest: Usually built in dead riparian deciduous trees.
Eggs: White; less than one inch long.
Breeding bird atlas: To report bird breeding activity in your neighborhood, or to get information on the breeding bird atlas, call Sea and Sage Audubon Society members Sylvia Gallagher, (714) 962-8990, or Nancy Kenyon, (714) 786-3160.