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Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
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Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Female Hairy Woodpecker

General Description: Hairy Woodpeckers (Picoides villosus) are large 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. In contrast to Downy Woodpeckers, the bill is relatively long (about as long as the head is wide) when seen in profile, and the edge of the white outer tail feathers are all white; Downy Woodpeckers have tiny black spots on the white outer tail feathers.

Taxonomy: Piciformes, Picidae, Picinae.

Favored Habitat: Mountain habitats with pine and fir trees.

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Female Hairy Woodpecker

Where to Find: Look for Hairy Woodpeckers in higher elevation, forested mountains such as up on Mt. Charleston and up in the Desert National Wildlife Range (Mormon Well area).

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Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) If you were a tasty bark beetle grub, this might be the last face you ever see!
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Hairy Woodpecker: notice which back
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Hairy Woodpecker on Ponderosa Pine
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Hairy Woodpecker on White Fir in typical habitat on Mt. Charleston
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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