Restricted to burned-over boreal and montane coniferous forests. In Alaska, inhabits burned white-spruce forests within 3 months of fire and up to 2 to 3 years (Murphy and Lehnhausen 1998). Prefers areas with an abundance of dead or dying trees for nest cavities. Also found in areas recently flooded (Andres 1999b).
Andres, B.A. 1999b. Landbird conservation plan for Alaska biogeographic regions. Version 1.0. Boreal Partners in Flight Working Group. October 1999. USFWS, Anchorage, Alaska.
Murphy, E. C. and W. A. Lehnhausen. 1998. Density and foraging ecology of woodpeckers following a stand- replacement fire. Journal of Wildlife Management 62: 1359-1372.