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Hairy Woodpecker
(Picoides villosus)

Male Hairy Woodpecker
© Brian Lasenby |
Hairy Woodpecker Information

Length: 9 - 9.5"

: Deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests; wooded swamps, orchards, parks. Requires large trees for nesting.

Wood-boring beetles and their larvae, caterpillars, ants, and some other insects; nuts, seeds, tree sap, wild fruits and berries.
Identification tips for the Hairy Woodpecker
Calls & drumming of Hairy Woodpecker
Preferred Bird Feeder Food

Like many woodpeckers, the hairy 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:
(Click map to enlarge.)
Hairy Woodpecker Breeding Map Hairy Woodpecker Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map             Winter Map (CBC)     
Additional Information:

Hairy Woodpecker
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls of this bird. (From Audubon Field Guide)
Hairy Woodpecker
(Adult Male at Nest Cavity)
Male Hairy Woodpecker
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