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Downy Woodpecker-
(Picoides pubescens)



  • Small woodpecker
  • Black above with white head stripes
         and white wing spots
  • Whitish below; white stripe on back
  • Black tail with white outer tail feathers,
         which have some black barring
  • Male has small red spot on back of head
  • Juvenile has red on forehead
  • Small bill
  • 6-7" (14-17 cm.)


  • Woods, residential areas

Additional Information

  • Abundant resident
  • Most common woodpecker in North
  • Very quiet during nesting season
  • Forages with other bird species in winter
  • Readily comes to bird feeders
  • Less shy of humans than many other birds

Comparable Species

Male Downy woodpecker on tree trunk

Female Downy Woodpecker on tree branch


The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board acknowledges that the state and federal lands that comprise the Reserve fall within the ancestral homelands of First Nations people including the Hooçak Nation. We recognize the sovereignty of the Hooçak and other First Nations and will work towards a shared future by continuing to create collaborative opportunities to protect and preserve these lands.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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