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Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus


The Hairy Woodpecker inhabits mature deciduous forests across all of North America and mating pairs will excavate a hole in a tree, where they will tend to, on average, four white eggs.


These birds forage on trees, often turning over bark or excavating to uncover insects. They mainly eat insects, also fruits, berries and nuts, sometimes tree sap. They are also known to peck at wooden window frames and wood sided homes that may house bugs.


This spotting shows a photo of a Hairy Woodpecker searching for larvae inside a rotten tree trunk.

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Aug 6, 2011
Submitted on Aug 14, 2012


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