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Downy Woodpecker

Dryobates pubescens

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Tiny. Widespread and familiar woodland resident and backyard visitor. Its black-and-white plumage is nearly identical to larger Hairy Woodpecker, but note short bill (shorter than the head) and black markings on white outer tail feathers. Readily visits feeders, especially for suet. Nests in cavities.

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