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Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
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Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

General Description: Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens) are small black and white woodpeckers of the mountains. The wings are black with white spots, the back and belly are white, and the face is black-and-white striped. Males have a red patch on the back of the head. Downy Woodpeckers look similar to Hairy Woodpeckers, however, in contrast to Hairy Woodpeckers, the bill is relatively short (not as long as the head is wide) when seen in profile, and there are tiny black spots on the white outer tail feathers, which Hairy Woodpeckers do not have.

Taxonomy: Piciformes, Picidae, Picinae.

Favored Habitat: Mountain habitats with pine and fir trees.

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Where to Find: Don't look for Downy Woodpeckers around Las Vegas; rather look for them forested areas such as in Zion National Park, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and other place beyond the desert.

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Male Downy Woodpecker. Note the tiny black spots on the white outer tail feathers; Hairy Woodpeckers do not have such spots
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Female Downy Woodpecker. Note the tiny black spots on the white outer tail feathers; Hairy Woodpeckers do not have such spots.
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker male
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker female
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Downy Woodpecker; southern Mississippi
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker; southern Mississippi
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker; southern Mississippi
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker male; Dunedin, Florida
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker; Dunedin, Florida
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker male; Dunedin, Florida
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker: note zygodactyl foot; Dunedin, Florida
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker male; Dunedin, Florida
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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