downy woodpecker


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Related to downy woodpecker: European Starling, Ivory Billed Woodpecker

downy woodpecker

n.
A North American woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) having a small bill and black wings with white spots.

down′y wood′pecker


n.
a small black-and-white North American woodpecker, Picoides pubescens: males have a red head patch.
[1800–10, Amer.]
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Noun1.downy woodpecker - small North American woodpecker with black and white plumage and a small billdowny woodpecker - small North American woodpecker with black and white plumage and a small bill
peckerwood, woodpecker, pecker - bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
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In addition to the hairy and downy woodpeckers, there are bigger and brighter woodpeckers happy to entertain the gardener and other nature lovers.
BIRD SUET THISTLE BLACK OIL SUNFLOWER SEED CARDINAL * * BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADE * * CAROLINA CHICKADEE * * HOUSE FINCH * * PURPLE FINCH * * NORTHERN FLICKER * AMERICAN GOLDFINCH * * BLUE JAY * * DARK-EYED JUNCO * NUTHATCH * * PINE SISKIN * * WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW * HOUSE SPARROW * TUFTED TITMOUSE * * TOWHEE * DOWNY WOODPECKER * * HAIRY WOODPECKER * * RED-BELLIED WOODPECKE * * CAROLINA WREN * * HOUSE WREN * *
Species Common Name Archilochus colubris Ruby-throated Hummingbird Chaetura pelagica Chimney Swift Coccyzus americanus Yellow-billed Cuckoo Colaptes auratus Northern Flicker Dryocopus pileatus Pileated Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus Red-bellied Woodpecker Meleagris gallopavo Wild Turkey Picoides pubescens Downy Woodpecker Picoides villosus Hairy Woodpecker Species Bluebell Bohm Sweet William Archilochus colubris 0.60 2.55 0.39 Chaetura pelagica 0.00 1.70 0.00 Coccyzus americanus 0.90 0.68 0.46 Colaptes auratus 0.45 1.36 0.15 Dryocopus pileatus 0.30 0.85 0.46 Melanerpes carolinus 1.35 2.55 2.16 Meleagris gallopavo 0.00 0.00 0.15 Picoides pubescens 3.15 3.90 2.08 Picoides villosus 0.75 2.21 0.85 Table 6.
Downy woodpeckers prefer foraging in dead trees or the dead portions of live trees, compared to the living portions of live trees (Conner et al., 1994).
obtusiventris is distasteful to the downy woodpecker, evidenced by the fact that galls containing this parasitoid are opened by the bird, but the parasitoid pupa is not eaten (Cane and Kurczewski 1976).
How does one tell a black-billed cuckoo from a mangrove cuckoo, or a downy woodpecker from a hairy woodpecker?
Downy Woodpecker: Smaller than all other North American woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers readily visit backyards throughout the United States, excluding some areas in the Southwest.
The downy woodpecker, our country's smallest woodpecker, can be found across the continental United States and southern Canada.
King said, "Standing snags like that will provide cavities for birds like the downy woodpecker," one of which flew over the scene.
The downy woodpecker in your photo gives a ready size reference to help identify this hawk as a sharp-shinned.
Some primates have been shown to respond appropriately to another species' calls, peering at the sky after the heads-up alarm and dashing up a tree in response to "look out below." Other researchers have found that a downy woodpecker responds to alarm calls from chickadees, but Rainey and his colleagues wanted to see whether a bird could distinguish between different calls from another species.