Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

Order

PICIFORMES

Family

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Code 4

HAWO

Code 6

PICVIL

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Hairy Woodpecker has a large range, estimated globally at 13,000,000 square kilometers. Native to North and Central America, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 9,400,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Hairy Woodpecker is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Hairy Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with black-and-white upperparts, white underparts. Head has red hindcrown patch. Face is white with black stripes.Tail is black with white outer tail feathers. Northwest birds have gray-brown breast, belly, and rump. Bill is long and black. Legs and feet are black.


Range and Habitat

Hairy Woodpecker: This species is a resident throughout much of North America from subarctic Alaska across Canada and south throughout most of the United States to the Gulf of Mexico and further south into Mexico. Some northern birds migrate south for the winter. Its preferred habitats include deciduous forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"brrrrup", "kweek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Hairy Woodpecker has more than 17 recognized subspecies.
  • They are the most prolific woodpeckers in North America.
  • The males incubate the eggs during the night while the females incubate them during the day.
  • A group of woodpeckers has many collective nouns, including a "descent", "drumming", and "gatling" of woodpeckers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Hairy Woodpecker

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X