So what do you think?   Is the bird on the home page really a Hairy Woodpecker? Or could it be the very similar Downy Woodpecker?

Both species are wide-spread and common to fairly common.  The Hairy is typically less common in the south.

Both species will visit feeders.

The males in both species have a red spot on the back of the head, missing in the females of both species.

Images of both species are shown below.  So how do you tell them apart?

 

Hairy woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker - © Greg Lavaty

 

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker - note black spots on the tail feathers.
© Greg Lavaty

 

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker without tail spots. © Greg Lavaty

 

So, is the image of the bird on the home page a Hairy or Downy Woodpecker?  You be the judge.

You can learn more about each species, and hear their calls, on the Birdzilla.com web site.

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker