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Woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, and Swifts

About the woodpeckers

The twenty-two species of woodpeckers found in the US are from one family, Picidae. They all spend a lot of time on trees but some of them also gather food from the ground or by chasing insects in the air.

FOrder: Piciformes
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Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
:Gila Woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Lewis Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker
Genus: Dryocopus
Pileated Woodpecker
Genus: Colaptes
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker (drinking)
Northern Flicker

Genus: Sphyrapicus
The Sapsuckers
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Williamson's Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Genus: Picoides
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
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About the hummingbirds and swifts

Swifts are very different from swallows. Swallows are in the songbird order while swifts are recognized as being related to hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are found only in the New World, while swifts are found throughout the world.

Hummingbirds and Swifts
Order: Apodiformes e

Family: Apodidae
Genus: Aeronautes
White-throated Swift

Genus: Chaetura
Chimney Swift



Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Selasphorus
Rufous Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird

Genus: Lampornis
Blue-throated Hummingbird

Genus: Calypte
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Genus: Archilochus
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Genus: Stellula
Calliope Hummingbird

Genus: Cynanthus
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Genus: Amazilia
Buff-bellied Hummingbird