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Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Description:

Small male woodpecker, approximately 8" beak to tail. Black with white breast and white markings, small area of bright red on the back of its head.

Notes:

This injured male bird recuperated on my porch railing for about 2 hours. I saw him a few days later, still injured but able to fly again.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Hairy Woodpecker
Picoides villosus Hairy Woodpecker


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16 Comments

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 7 years ago

beautiful series

Beautiful capture Kathy,congrats and thanks for sharing

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Oh I love them. We have the Downy ones (male and female) And even in the bird book they look so similar (Hairy vs. Downy) I love these birds. They come to our bird feeder in the Poconos! Your male bird won't mind that I think he is GORGEOUS! HA! Great photo!

KathyInAlaska
KathyInAlaska 10 years ago

I think you're right, I think it is the hairy woodpecker, the one in this spotting does not have spots on its tail.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 10 years ago

I disagree Kathlyn. It is the Hairy.

Shilo Vinograd
Shilo Vinograd 10 years ago

Kathy, i agree with Liam..
the Hairy woodpecker has a similer size beak as the one in your photo..
the downy one got a much smaller beak..

Liam
Liam 10 years ago

Compare photos:
Downy. Short bill, small size, and spots on the outer tail feathers:
http://www.kevinkarlsonphotography.com/g...
Hairy. Large bill, large size, and lack of spots on the outer tail feathers:
http://www.birds-of-north-america.net/im...
For me, this is 100% Hairy Woodpecker.

KathyInAlaska
KathyInAlaska 10 years ago

Just checked Wikipedia and it's definitely a downy woodpecker.

Liam
Liam 10 years ago

Great shot, btw.

Liam
Liam 10 years ago

Definitely a Hairy Woodpecker. The bill length is more or less the same size as the head, not half the size, like a Downy's. Also, note how the white tail feathers lack the spots you would find on a Downy's.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Nice picture!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 10 years ago

The difference between the downy and the hairy woodpeckers are the length of beak, the amount of wing bars and the overall size.

JVM
JVM 10 years ago

beautiful!

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 10 years ago

I agree to Shilo Vinograd. This typ has the mask too...

Shilo Vinograd
Shilo Vinograd 10 years ago

To me it looks like a Downy Woodpecker
http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/learning/...

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 10 years ago

Could be a Great Spotted Woodpecker or Syrian Woodpecker, but the black mask does not fit really and I do not know if they are living in North Amerika.

KathyInAlaska
Spotted by
KathyInAlaska

Alaska, USA

Spotted on Oct 22, 2011
Submitted on Oct 30, 2011

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