December 2007 - Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pebescens
Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pebescens
The Downy is the smallest woodpecker in North America and is found across the continent. The male is distinguished from the female by the red patch on the back of its head. They are often attracted to suet in backyard feeding stations otherwise it uses it small bill to dig and drill effectively into small crevasses in trees, eating grubs and invertebrates.
Young Downy
Female Downy

above - juvenile Downy Woodpecker;
right - female Downy Woodpecker
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