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Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

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.


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Names in different Languages

EnglishDowny Woodpecker
FrenchPic mineur
SpanishPico pubescente

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.

Boisé Des Douze 1 0 0 0
Jardin Botanique de Montréal 1 0 0 1
Parc Angrignon 6 0 1 5
Parc Bernard-Landry 1 0 0 0
Parc Mont-Royal 0 0 0 1
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies 4 0 0 0
  13 0 1 7

Number of times a species has been observed, identified, and recorded. A species is reported only once per visit to a park.

Photos of Downy Woodpecker

Videos of Downy Woodpecker

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Last updated on 2023-06-20. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.