Hairy Woodpecker

Distribution:

Found in the Canada, United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Description:

This medium-sized woodpecker measures about 250 mm (9.75 inches) in length and has a wingspan of about 380 mm (15 inches).

The upper plumage and wings are mostly black, with white or pale back and white spotting on the wings.  The abdomen and throat vary from white to sooty brown (depending on subspecies). There is a white bar above and one below the eye. They have a black tail with white outer feathers.

Adult males can be identified by the red patch or two side-by-side patches on the back of the head; immature males have red or rarely orange-red on the crown.

Resembles the smaller Downy Woodpecker. 

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Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Bill Shape
all-purpose
dagger
Eats
fruit
nuts
suet
sugar-water
sunflower-seed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Sounds
buzzing
Habitat
fir forest
oakpinewoodland
Forests
Color
black
blackandwhite
white
Body Shape
tree-clinging
Size
medium
Order
woodpeckers, barbets, toucans, honeyguides - piciformes
woodpeckers and allies - picidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species