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Downy Woodpecker, female

Picoides pubescens


Looks very similar to Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus), but is smaller and has a shorter bill. The adult male has a red spot on the back of its head. Since it lacks the red, this one is probably an adult female, but could be a juvenile (either sex).


Observed in my back yard, eating from a suet cake at the bird feeder.


I could have misidentified this (might be the Hairy Woodpecker).

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Mandy Hollman
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Mandy Hollman

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jun 18, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012

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