Frequent backyard visitors, Downy Woodpeckers may form pairs very early in the season, tapping out their courtship song on a tree trunk. Listen for this rhythmic sound as early as January.
Scientific Name: Picoides pubescens.
Length: 6-1/2 inches.
Wingspan: 12 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Black above and white below with white-spotted black wings and tail. The back of the male’s head has a red patch.
Nest: Excavates or reuses a cavity in a dead tree or uses a woodpecker nesting box. Lays four to five white eggs.
Voice: Short and flat “pik” call.
Habitat: Any open wooded area, including parks and backyards.
Diet: Insects, caterpillars, berries and nuts.
Backyard Favorites: Suet and peanut butter.
Bird Song & Range Map
Listen to the Downy Woodpecker’s song and learn where to spot them!
Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.