Hairy Woodpecker

General description.

The Hairy Woodpecker is one of the most widely spread woodpeckers in North America. It is very similar to the Downy Woodpecker but quieter and shyer. This bird is most easily found first by vocalizations then by sight. It is found anywhere there is a forest. At night it roosts in trees cavities. It eats mostly insects and their larvae as well as nuts, seeds, and sap. Both males and females drum on trees to make their presence known as well as maintain their territory. During breeding season this bird is monogamous. Pairs nest in cavities in trees and dead trees and the female lays 3-6 white eggs. The pair cares for the eggs and young until they are ready to leave the nest. A pair raises one brood per year. This bird is fairly common but rare in some areas.

Female appearance.

Like male, but lacking the red patches on the side of the head.

Flight pattern.

Roller coaster.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.


Population and distribution.

Fairly common.

Nesting habits.

The Hairy Woodpecker nests in trees and dead trees and lays 3-6 white in April.
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