Downy Woodpecker

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Length 6 3/4 inches This is the smallest and most familiar of our Woodpeckers. It is an almost exact copy of the Hairy Woodpecker, only it is much smaller and has black transverse bars on the white outer tail feathers, whereas these tail feathers in the Hairy are white without the bars. The Downey Woodpecker is a general favorite with that ever-increasing number of bird-lovers who find pleasure in feeding the winter birds. In company with the Nuthatches and chickadees he is a visitor that can always be depended on to come to the feeding-shelf or to the suet-container. In addition he does a lot of scouting for food on his own account, and may be heard at all hours of the day industriously tapping as he searches every crevice and cranny in the bark of the trees of lawn or orchard for the grubs and insects which form his main bill of fare. He may often be seen digging larvae out of weed stalks. The note of the Downy can easily be distinguished from that of the Hairy, for it is neither so loud nor so sharp. The nest is usually in a dead tree. From four to six white eggs are laid Classification: Order Pici. Family Picida. Scientific name: Dryobates pubescens. Range: A resident throughout the wooded portions of the United States and Canada

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