Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Order

PICIFORMES

Family

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Code 4

DOWO

Code 6

PICPUB

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 7



Incubation Days:

12



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

12 - 30 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Cavity lined with chips.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Downy Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with black-and-white upperparts and white underparts. Hindcrown patch is red. Tail is black with black-spotted white outer tail feathers. Female and juvenile are similar but without red patch on head.

Range and Habitat

Downy Woodpecker: Resident from Alaska. Found across most of North America to Central America. Mostly permanent residents. Northern birds may migrate further south; birds in mountainous areas may move to lower elevations. Preferred habitats include forested areas, mainly deciduous, parks, and gardens. Roost in tree cavities in the winter.

Breeding and Nesting

Downy Woodpecker: Three to seven white eggs are laid in a bare hole in a tree. Eggs are incubated for approximately 12 days by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Downy Woodpecker: Diet consists of insects and seeds; male forages higher in tree than female; feeds on suet at feeders.

Readily Eats

Suet, Sunflower Seed, Nuts, Sugar Water, Fruit

Vocalization

Downy Woodpecker: Song is a quiet "pik"; also a descending rattle.

Similar Species

Downy Woodpecker: Hairy Woodpecker is larger, has a longer bill, and lacks spots or bars.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X