Kathryn Peiman

Kathryn has worked and studied a variety of bird species across the globe. She started backyard bird watching with bird feeders as a child and became a biologist to study birds. She can identify all Australian birds by sight and sound within a very short distance. She also started developing her photography and drawing skills, which included birds among her subjects.

Lewis’s Woodpecker Guide (Melanerpes Lewis)

Introduction When I think about woodpeckers, I mentally picture black-and-white birds with perhaps some red or yellow splashed about somewhere. Lewis’s woodpecker, honestly, doesn’t look like it should be a woodpecker at all. It looks like it should be a tropical species with its pink and red colors, almost reminiscent of a swallow on steroids. […]

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Nuttall’s Woodpecker Guide (Dryobates nuttallii)

Introduction There seems to be a plethora of black-and-white woodpeckers in North America! Some have specialized, some have diverged, and some still look like each other. Nuttall’s woodpecker is another one of these confusing similar-looking species, and yet surprisingly, their habitat association is the most researched part of their biology. Sometimes it can be easy

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American Three-toed Woodpecker Guide (Picoides dorsalis)

Woodpeckers are such an interesting group of birds. Just the thought of them spending the day hammering away against hard trees makes my head hurt, and these birds do it every day, for their whole lives. American three-toed woodpeckers, with their sleek black side profile, look like they were sprinkled with white powder on their

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Black-backed Woodpecker Guide (Picoides arcticus)

Black-backed woodpeckers are northern birds and are specialists of burned forests. When trees are dead or dying (because of fire or infestation by mountain bark beetles), several other species of beetles (especially in the families Buprestidae and Cerambycidae) lay their eggs on these trees. The larvae burrow under the bark and are the primary food

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