Downy Woodpecker
(Picoides pubescens)

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker Information

Length: 6 - 6.5"

: Deciduous and mixed woodlands (favors bottomlands), forest edges, farmyards, orchards, parks, residential areas.

Mostly insects, including beetles and their larvae, wood-boring ants, caterpillars, and scale insects; spiders; some seeds and berries.
Identification tips for Downy Woodpecker
Calls and drumming of Downy Woodpecker
Preferred Bird Feeder Food

Like many woodpeckers, the downy woodpecker prefers suet, but will also eat black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, and chunky peanut butter.

Suet should be offered in a suet cage. A platform feeder is ideal for the other seeds and peanut hearts. Peanut butter can be spread on pine cones or suet logs and hung near the feeder.

Range Maps:
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Downy Woodpecker Breeding Map Downy Woodpecker Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)     
Additional Information:
Downy Woodpecker
Photos, description, taxonomy, habitat, migration, and diet. (From Wikipedia)
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