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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker in Latin is picoides pubescens which translates back to woodpecker pubescent. These birds are very small, have a chisel like bill, a blocky head, wide shoulders, strait back, black and white color way, stripe on head, and male birds have a red patch on the back of their head. During mating season these birds drum on a tree or pole repeatedly to assert their territory and to attract mating partners. Their habitat is backyards, parks, open woodlots, vacant lots, high grass, and small tree limbs. They usually stay in city areas. They eat insects in trees, seeds, and berries. Their current status is least concern. These birds don't migrate but do move a little south if its too cold. They also move out of the mountains sometimes to get to lower elevations. Image result for downy woodpecker

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