12 October, 2009

Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Picoides pubescens

Population Estimate: 13M, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Year-round in open woodlands, city parks, and winter feeders throughout the US, Canada and Alaska.

Field Notes: Small, black and white woodpecker. Males with red spot on the back of head. Bill length about half the depth of head. Hairy Woodpecker larger, with relatively longer bill and distinct call.

Personal Notes: Such a sweet little bird, especially when seen in winter. 

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