Data for:
Haw Creek Preserve--Russell Landing

Piciformes > Picidae

Downy Woodpecker

Dryobates pubescens

Sign in to see your badges



Tiny woodpecker, common and widespread across much of North America. Black-and-white plumage is nearly identical to the larger Hairy Woodpecker. Focus on the bill: Downy has a very short bill, much shorter than the length of the head. Also note the small black markings on the white outer tail feathers. Pacific population has smaller white spots on the wing and a grayer body than Eastern birds. Occurs in any wooded habitat, though western birds are more restricted to riparian areas. Often forages on smaller branches than Hairy Woodpecker. Familiar visitor to backyard feeders, especially fond of suet. Calls include a soft “pik!” and descending rattle, weaker than Hairy Woodpecker.



Sign in to see your stats

Weekly Bar Chart

Choose a region to view Weekly Bar Chart

Range Map

Large map


Top video

View all

Learn more about Downy Woodpecker from…

All About Birds Your Online Guide To Birds And Bird Watching

Downy Woodpecker

Birds of the World

Birds of the World logo

Comprehensive life histories for all bird species and families.

Explore Downy Woodpecker