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Hairy Woodpecker
Picoides villosus

Woodpeckers
Woodpecker Family (Picidae)

Size: Length: 19-24 cm

Description: Like the smaller downy woodpecker, male hairy woodpeckers can be distinguished from female by a small patch of red on the nape. This is the only red visible on these woodpeckers. In general, look for a medium sized black and white woodpecker with a bill as long as the head is deep. The face is black with a white patch on the forehead (joining with the red nape patch on the male), and another white patch running from the base of the bill, beneath the eye and then running down the side of the neck. The breast is white, and the shoulders black. There is a patch of white running down the centre of the back. The wings are black, with patches of white visible. The tail is black.

Similar Species: The beak of the hairy woodpecker is much longer than the smaller downy woodpecker. The hairy woodpecker's tail is also black, lacking the white spots visible on the tail of the downy. The lack of any red on the crown or throat distinguishes it from the red-naped sapsucker and yellow-bellied sapsucker.

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