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Hairy woodpecker

Leuconotopicus villosus


The larger of two look alikes, the hairy woodpecker is a small but powerful bird that forages along trunks and main branches of large trees. It wields a much longer bill than the downy woodpecker's almost thornlike bill. Hairy woodpeckers have a somewhat soldierly look, with their erect, straight-backed posture on tree trunks and their cleanly striped heads. Look for them at backyard suet or sunflower feeders, and listen for them whinnying from woodlots, parks, and forests.


Hairy woodpeckers are common in mature woodlands with medium to large trees. They also occur in woodlots, suburbs, parks, and cemeteries. You can find them equally commonly in coniferous forests, deciduous forests, or mixtures, and generally up to about 2 kilometer elevation. Also found at forest edges, around beaver ponds, in recently burned forests, southern swamps, open pine, oak, or birch woodlands, and orchards.


I think this is the hairy woodpecker, because it has a larger bill compared to photos I've seen of the downy woodpecker. I'm not a 100% sure though. Spotted in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, Vancouver island, Canada. (sources: see reference)

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British Columbia, Canada

Lat: 48.55, Long: -123.47

Spotted on Sep 13, 2019
Submitted on Oct 23, 2019

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