Downey Woodpecker

Downey Woodpecker
Downey Woodpecker
Picoides pubescens

Downey Woodpeckers are one of the few that can be enticed to your feeder. They will come for the suet or special woodpecker blocks if you put them out.

The Downey lives all over the United States except for a small area of the Southwest. They do not migrate, but live in the same place all year long.

The Downey is also probably the smallest of the Woodpeckers. He is less that 6 inches in length. His most distinguishing feature is the small red cap on his head and the vertical white stripe on his back.

The Hairy Woodpecker is similar looking to the Downey, but is larger. The two species will live in the same area, even in the same tree without problems, which sometimes makes their identification difficult.

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