Cassidy is an author, a scientist, and a new father facing the world of parenting head-on with his lovely wife. There are a number of woodpeckers that frequent areas of the east coast of the United States, appearing on trees and even at bird feeders. Their characteristic drumming noise on the bark of trees is difficult to miss. This article describes how to identify five of these woodpeckers. To be clear, the information and pictures in this article describe the woodpeckers of western Maryland, but these woodpeckers are common on much of the east coast and elsewhere.
Types of Woodpeckers with Pictures for Woodpecker Identification
Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers
All rights reserved. Like a large, long-billed version of the downy woodpecker , the hairy is a widespread generalist of a variety of forests and woodlands over most of the continent. Length 9". The outer tail feathers are usually unmarked white. Adult: male shows red nuchal bar, often divided vertically by black especially in some eastern populations ; red is lacking in female. Variation is extensive but generally clinal.
These Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers appear nearly identical, but the Hairy Woodpecker is larger than the Downy, with a distinctly longer bill. And it doesn't have the black spots on its outer tail feathers like the Downy. The call of the Downy Woodpecker is soft and downy, like a duvet.
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