The Downy Woodpecker, the smallest woodpecker in North America, is found very commonly throughout the continent. Downy Woodpecker can often be found on trees drumming to alert others where they are and claim territory. The Downy Woodpecker finds its food on trees, eating mostly insects and their eggs. The Downy Woodpecker often nests in tree cavities, but will also nest in bird houses designed for woodpeckers. Downy Woodpeckers are widespread and common throughout North America, basically anywhere and everywhere there are trees. The male Downy Woodpecker has a patch of red on its head, a white belly, and black wings with white spots. You will often find the make and female pairs climbing together.
Similar to males, but lacking the red patch. Females also have a large white patch on their back.
Similar to adults, but the red patch is on the top if the head and not the back.
Calls or song.
pik or pick
Population and distribution.
Widespread and common.
The Downy Woodpecker nests in a tree lays 3-7 white eggs in April.
Downy Woodpecker will feed readily from suet and tube feeders.