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Downy Woodpecker (female)

Picoides pubescens


The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America. Adults are mainly black on the upper parts and wings, with a white back, throat and belly and white spotting on the wings. There is a white bar above the eye and one below. They have a black tail with white outer feathers barred with black. Adult males have a red patch on the back of the head whereas juvenile birds display a red cap. It is virtually identical in plumage pattern to the much larger Hairy Woodpecker, but it can be distinguished from the Hairy by the presence of black spots on its white tail feathers.


Lack of red cap, small size (comparable to a sparrow) and black spots on the white tail feathers, this looks like a female Downy Woodpecker.

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cmcdivit 9 years ago

Thank you Alice!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Nice Woodpecker!

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Indiana, USA

Spotted on Aug 20, 2011
Submitted on Aug 20, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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