magpie-feathers: Finished up my Hairy and Downy woodpeckers. I…

Sunday, March 29th, 2020


Finished up my Hairy and Downy woodpeckers. I will be using this illustration to show the differences between these two species, so look for that soon!
Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencil (with some Prismacolor white) on 9″x12″ Stonehenge paper.

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ghholt:Downy Woodpecker #birdsofinstagram #naturephotography…

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019


Downy Woodpecker #birdsofinstagram #naturephotography #woopeckersofinstagram #birdwatching #birdphotography #bird #downywoodpecker (at Waxhaw, North Carolina)

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dendroica:Downy Woodpecker (by me)

Friday, March 22nd, 2019


Downy Woodpecker (by me)

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ultra-electronicsong: todaysbird: the downy woodpecker is a small woodpecker found in north…

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019



the downy woodpecker is a small woodpecker found in north america – the smallest woodpecker species found on the continent. they are almost identical in plumage to the hairy woodpecker, but can be distinguished by their smaller size and smaller beak. downy woodpeckers mainly feed on insects removed from trees, but sometimes visit birdfeeders for treats like suet, mealworms and peanuts.

My yard is full of these and they’re so good!!

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peregrineskye: in memoriam–downy woodpecker, ?/?/??-4/13/18,…

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018


in memoriam–downy woodpecker, ?/?/??-4/13/18, killed by window

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Hello! How do I tell apart a downy and hairy woodpecker? I live in the suburbs in Spokane WA and saw one of them! I want to say it was a hairy woodpecker because his beak was fairly long, but I am not a birder. Is that the only way to tell?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

There are a few ways to tell apart Downy and Hairy Woodpecker!

Size of the bird is one. If it’s coming to a feeder, for instance one of those small suet cages, you may be able to judge the overall size. Here is a comparison of both species at once (!) on one of those suet cages:

Proportion of the bill is another one. In the above image, both birds’ heads are more or less in profile. You can see how the Downy bill is more like a small thorn and the Hairy has a monster schnoz nearly the size of the rest of its head! The below drawing is another good comparison:

Tail pattern can be diagnostic. Downy woodpeckers have black barring on their outer tail feathers. If the feathers have no black spots, it’s a Hairy. This can be hard to see unless the bird’s tailfeathers are spread while perching. Downy on the left, Hairy on the right:

Head pattern might be a way to tell males apart. In a 2011 blog post, Sibley describes the presence of a black bar through the red patch as diagnostic of Hairy Woodpecker. Its absence is not a clue for Downy- the feathers can fluff up and hide it. Also, about 1% of Downy Woodpeckers might have this.

Finally, you can use sound to tell them apart. Downy Woodpecker’s call is more of a “Pik! Pik!” to the Hairy Woodpecker’s lower, more emphatic “Peek! Peek!”

You can listen to calls for Downy and Hairy and view comparisons on Cornell’s AllAboutBirds website, too.

Hope this helps!

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wigmund: From NatHab/WWF Wildlife Photo of the Day; January…

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018


From NatHab/WWF Wildlife Photo of the Day; January 30, 2018:

The Black and White Spots
Sujata Roy

Species: Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) | Location: North Carolina

The male downy woodpecker is a gorgeous bird from the woodpecker family. It has a bright red top/crest. The fall backdrop makes the bird even more handsome.

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snailkites: portmanteau-bot: snailkites: Downy…

Thursday, February 1st, 2018




Downy Woodpecker


This portmanteau was created from phrase ‘downy woodpecker’. Beep-boop. Portmanteau^bot^1

Portmanteau bot is renaming the birds for us!

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worldmotheringair: Downy Woodpecker: James River

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017


Downy Woodpecker: James River

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