A Scrapbook of Bird Identifications - Woodpeckers

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Downy Woodpecker

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

female; 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

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

female (red patch at nape, no mustache)
Pileated Woodpecker

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

female (red crest, dark forehead); unmistakable
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-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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