The smallest woodpecker in North America, common and widespread, although it avoids the arid southwest. Male and female have separate feeding areas in fall and early winter, with pairs forming by late winter. I’ve chosen to put the woodpeckers here: Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Pileated Woodpecker. Above, see a rather ragged looking female Downy Woodpecker feeding her fledgling, distinguished by red on the top of its head. Learn all you wanted to know about Downy woodpeckers with facts, pictures, videos, and news from National Geographic. Male has a small red nuchal patch, lacking in the female.
Both the male and female downy woodpecker have black upperparts, with a broad white stripe down the back, and black wings that are marked with white spots. Males have a red spot at the backs of their heads which females lack. Downy Woodpeckers closely resemble the larger Hairy Woodpeckers, but Downys have relatively smaller bills, which give their heads a rounder, ‘cuter’ shape. Description: Downy Woodpeckers are our smallest and most commonly seen woodpeckers. Adult males have a red patch on the back of their head, while females have white stripes on either side of their head that often join together resembling a hallow with a black center.
Photos of Downy Woodpecker by Terry Sohl – South Dakota Birds and Birding. Downy Woodpecker 1 (Male and Female). Learn how to identify a male downy woodpecker by size and key field marks. Female downy woodpeckers do not have the red patch. Underparts: The breast, abdomen and flanks of the downy woodpecker are a plain, clear white without any spotting or barring. Downy Woodpeckers are our smallest and most commonly seen woodpecker. Adult males have a red patch on the back of their heads, while females have a white stripe on the sides of their head that sometimes join together to form a ring that resembles a hallow around their black head.
Downy Woodpecker Videos, Photos And Facts
A reader writes: There are a couple of woodpeckers that feed at my bird feeders each day that I thought were male and female downy woodpeckers. That is until I saw a picture of a hairy woodpecker on your website. Downy woodpeckers have whitish tufts at the base of their thick, black bills. Males and females are look the same, except that males have a small red patch at the back of their neck. Downy and Hairy woodpeckers are widely distributed across North America. Both commonly visit feeder areas where they feed on suet and sometimes seeds. The downy woodpecker is six inches long and has a small black bill. Both the male and the female make the nest by pecking a hole in a dead tree, fence post or sometimes, a telephone pole. The Downy Woodpecker is our smallest woopecker, growing up to six inches long. Female downys lay four or five white eggs on the nest and the male does most of the sitting for about 12 days. Downy Woodpecker – Male and Female Downy were both at my feeder today. See more about Downy Woodpecker, Branches and Snow.
Downy Woodpecker Photos
The male Downy has a small red spot on the back of its head (females have no red). The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest North American woodpecker (length about 6 inches) and is a common all year and a breeder on the Alabama coast. The only difference between male and female birds is that the female lacks the red occipital patch. Males and females forage for food separately, with the males preferring the smaller branches and the upper canopy layers.