Hairy Woodpecker

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Common Name: Hairy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Picoides villosus

Size: 7-10 inches (18-26cm)

Habitat: Throughout North America

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 9,000,000 mature individuals. Common and widespread. May be declining slightly in some areas.

Diet: Insects, beetle larvae, fruits, and seed.

Breeding: Three to seven white eggs are laid. Nesting takes place in living or dead trees. Cavities are usually excavated in dead wood of the tree.

Cool Facts: The Hairy Woodpecker is the most widespread resident woodpecker in North America.

While the similar Downy Woodpecker will forage on tree limbs, the larger Hairy Woodpecker sticks mostly to the trunk. Just as with the Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpeckers in the North are larger than in the South.

The Hairy Woodpecker often is attracted to the Pileated Woodpecker drumming. The Hairy will forge areas that the Pileated has worked, collecting the insects the Pileated missed.

Found in Songbird ReMix Woodpeckers

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