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Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

Aves > Piciformes > Picidae

Names in different Languages

GermanDunenspecht
EnglishDowny Woodpecker
FrenchPic mineur
SpanishPico pubescente

Description

It is the smallest woodpecker in the parks around Montreal. It stays in the region the whole year mostly eating insects found below the bark of trees. Common visitor of bird feeders in the winter.

How to Identify

The appearance of this species is almost identical to the larger Hairy Woodpecker besides two distinguished characteristics. The beak of this species is shorter than the head and it has black spots on the white tail feathers.

Where When to Spot

I observe this species in almost all parks all year long but more frequently in winter because of better visibility.

Photos

Observations

2022-05-25Parc Bernard-Landry
2022-05-01Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies
2022-04-15Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies
2019-10-26Parc Angrignon
2019-04-21Boisé Des Douze
2019-03-09Parc Angrignon
2018-12-23Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2018-04-22Parc Angrignon
2018-04-01Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2018-03-10Parc Angrignon