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Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus

Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus

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Names in different Languages

EnglishHairy Woodpecker
FrenchPic chevelu
SpanishPico velloso


A mid-sized woodpecker commonly seen in the forests around Montreal. Males have a small red patch on the back of the head.

How to Identify

There is one species which is very similar to the Hairy Woodpecker and covering the same areas displaying same behavior. To identify this species, I look at the length of the beak which exceeds significantly one third of the width of the head when being seen from the side.

Where When to Spot

All year long in the forests around Montreal. Best season is winter as due to lack of foliage the bird can be spotted more easily. Just sit down and watch. After some time a Hairy Woodpecker will pass by walking up the tree trunks searching for insects.



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