Monday, September 26, 2011

Bird of the Week lV - Sept. 26ty, 2011

Female Downy woodpecker.

Downy woodpecker in flight.

This week's BOTW is the Downy woodpecker.  The Downy woodpecker is the smallest and most common American woodpecker. It is found throughout most of North America from Alaska to Florida. It lives in a variety of habitats from wilderness forests to urban backyards, and comes readily to bird feeders. This small woodpecker is about 6 - 7 inches long. It has a black and white plumage and a small, pointed bill. The male has a small, red patch on the back of its head while the female has a black patch. Can you tell which photograph is of the male?

Which one is the male?

They eat small insects found on the branches of trees and the stems of weeds. They nest in the cavity (hole) in a tree or tree branch.

Photos from All About Birds.

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