Little Downy!


Downy or Hairy Woodpecker?  Which is it?  I know this is a female as it has no red spot at the top of its head………

Just got clarification,  this is a Hairy Woodpecker,, as it has a long bill in proportion to the the Downy!  Thanks Friends!

And I quote from another WordPress friend:

Another difference between hairy and downy woodpeckers is that the downy woodpeckers have little, black dots on the outer, white feathers of their tails, while hairy woodpeckers do not. I found a photo of a hairy woodpecker that shows the white, outer tail feather here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/c-sclick/5351689599/). And you can compare it with the downy woodpecker here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27953043@N08/4520521358/) which has dark spots on those white tail feathers.

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6 comments on “Little Downy!”

  1. Wonderful shot!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

  2. GORGEOUS shot! And it looks like a juvenile. I can always tell because of the “bed head.” (Much like I look like when I get up in the morning.)

  3. Another difference between hairy and downy woodpeckers is that the downy woodpeckers have little, black dots on the outer, white feathers of their tails, while hairy woodpeckers do not. I found a photo of a hairy woodpecker that shows the white, outer tail feather here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/c-sclick/5351689599/). And you can compare it with the downy woodpecker here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27953043@N08/4520521358/) which has dark spots on those white tail feathers.


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