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Hairy Woodpecker -
(Picoides villosus)



  • Medium-sized woodpecker
  • Black above with white head stripes and
         white wing spots
  • Whitish below
  • White stripe on back, black tail with white
         outer tail feathers
  • Male has small red spot on back of head
  • Juvenile has red on forehead
  • Substantial thick bill
  • 9" (23 cm.)


  • Woods, residential areas

Additional Information

  • Common permanent resident
  • Quite shy
  • "Peek" call is sharper and louder than
         that of Downy Woodpecker
  • Has faster drum than Downy Woodpecker
  • Readily uses bird feeders

Comparable Species

Female Hairly Woodpecker on tree trunk

Male Hairy woodpecker noted by red patch and thick bill 


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

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