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n.1.Having horizontal stripes on the back, reminiscent of a ladder; - used of birds; as, a ladder-backed woodpecker.
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I was just happy to be handling the binoculars adeptly enough to see a ladder-backed woodpecker, with his bright red head and zebra-like back.
The Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons, the Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostrae, the Bewick's Wren Tryomanes bewickii, the Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus, the Empidonax flycather, the Nasvhville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla, the Violet-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia violiceps and the Rufous Hummingbird Selasphoros rufus were commonest in Ipomoea/small-leaved forests (Table 3), while the Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris, the Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus, the Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata also common in small-leaved tree forest) were equally or more abundant in mixed woodlands (Table 3).
The only other resident woodpecker found in much of the area recently invaded by golden-fronted woodpeckers (except to the east) is the ladder-backed woodpecker (Picoides scalaris), a considerably smaller species that appears to occupy a different niche than that of the golden-fronted wood-pecker (Short 1982; Husak 2000).
California's speed drumming champ, the ladder-backed woodpecker, bangs out some 28 beats a second.
The ladder-backed woodpecker (Picoides scalaris), black-crested titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus), and field sparrow (Spizella pusilla) decreased on the Edwards Plateau while remaining stable on Fort Hood.