Hairy Woodpecker

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.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

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.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Haarspecht [de]
Hairy Woodpecker [en]
Pico velloso [es]
Pic chevelu [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Picoides villosus

Tags

hairy woodpecker, birds, picoides, picoides villosus, woodpeckers

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