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Hairy Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpeckers are quite common here in Alberta as well as the Hairy Woodpecker but it is usually more likely to see the Downies.The two look very similar but there are ways to tell them apart. The Hairy is larger overall and its bill is longer. The Downy has spots on the edges of it’s tail feathers but they are not always apparent.

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If you look at the  white tail feathers in the second photo of the Hairy Woodpecker, there is just white, no black dots. These are both male birds because of the red at the back of the head.Sorry for the poor quality, there were so many branches.Hopefully you can see the difference in size using the feeder as a comparison.Happy birding!

3 responses

  1. Butch V

    Good job my friend, keep up the good work.

    Take Care Butch V

    Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:59:12 +0000 To: butch_vill@hotmail.com

    December 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

  2. I love when they show up each winter.

    December 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    • I see the Downies all year but seeing the Hairies is somewhat rare.

      December 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm

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