A Scrapbook of Bird Identifications - Woodpeckers

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Downy Woodpecker

female; short bill, with tuft of feathers above

male (red spot at back of head); short bill, with tuft of feathers above
Hairy Woodpecker

bill almost as long as head, small tuft, all white under tail (compare Downy)
Northern Flicker

female (red patch at nape, no mustache)

male (black mustache); otherwise unique; often seen on ground; call is a long continuous repeat of heh-heh-heh-heh...
Pileated Woodpecker

female (red crest, dark forehead); unmistakable

male (red extends from crest to forehead); unmistakable appearance and call like something out of a Tarzan movie
Red-bellied Woodpecker

male (red extends from nape to bill); note reddish belly; call sounds like a short excerpt of a bubbling brook

female (red nape and forehead, gray cap); buffy belly with rufous cast, speckled rump
Red-breasted Sapsucker

worn plumage (taken in Hoonah, AK)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker

barred back, white/black head pattern distinctive; endangered specie
Red-headed Woodpecker

only woodpecker with all-red head; white belly, patch on wings and rump
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

female (white throat); tri-color head pattern distinctive

male (red throat)


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