Picoides villosus

Common Names: Hairy woodpecker
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, & Flickers

Adults are mainly black on the upper parts and wings, with a white or pale back and white spotting on the wings; the throat and belly vary from white to sooty brown, depending on subspecies. There is a white bar above and one below the eye. They have a black tail with white outer feathers. Adult males have a red patch or two side-by-side patches on the back of the head; juvenile males have red or rarely orange-red on the crown. It is virtually identical in plumage to the smaller downy woodpecker. The downy has a shorter bill relative to the size of its head. The best way to tell the two species apart other than the size is the lack of spots on its white tail feathers (which the downy has). These two species are not closely related, however, and are likely to be separated in different genera.

Most commonly found in mature deciduous forests, but occasionally found in residential areas as well. These birds forage on trees, often turning over bark or excavating to uncover insects. They mainly eat insects, also fruits, berries and nuts, sometimes tree sap. They are also known to peck at wooden window frames and wood sided homes that may house bugs.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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