Hairy Woodpecker

Almost identical to the Downy Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker is larger in size and has a much heavier, longer bill.


William G. Hartford
Hairy Woodpecker, male
Dan Garber
Hairy Woodpecker, female
Hairy Woodpecker, juvenile


Hairy WoodpeckerWilliam G. Hartford
William G. Hartford Hairy Woodpecker, male

Scientific Name: Picoides villosus.
Family: Woodpecker.
Length: 9-1/4 inches.
Wingspan: 15 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Black-and-white spotted back and wings with white underparts. Female lacks red on back of head.
Nest: Cavity excavated by both sexes; female usually lays four white eggs.
Voice: A strong “peek” or “peech,” sharper than the downy.
Habitat: Forests, but may move to open country in fall and winter.
Diet: Insects, larvae of woodborers, fruit and nuts.
Backyard Favorites: Suet, sunflower seeds, meat scraps and peanut butter.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Hairy Woodpecker’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hairy Woodpecker Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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