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The downy woodpecker is a small woodpecker often mistaken with the Hairy woodpecker. It is about 14 to 18 cm (5.5 to 7.1 in) in length.
It lives in woodland areas and can be seen in backyards and on trees in many parts of the United States.
This one in particular was a female. This can be noticed by the lack of a red cap in the back part of the head which males have.