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Downy woodpecker

Dryobates pubescens


The downy woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in the United States. I was surprised to find this active little woodpecker in the desert western part of the United States but he was very busy pecking in this particular tree. Downy Woodpeckers have black upperparts and are checked with white on the wings. The head is boldly striped, and the back has a broad white stripe down the center. Males have a small red patch on the back of the head. The outer tail feathers are typically white with a few black spots.


This downy woodpecker was spotted in an rv park in Riverton, Wyoming.

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Riverton, Wyoming, USA

Spotted on Aug 12, 2015
Submitted on Aug 12, 2015

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