Saturday, April 27, 2013

Downy Woodpecker

Adult Downy Woodpeckers are the smallest of North America's woodpeckers but there are many smaller species elsewhere. The total length of the species ranges from 14 to 18 cm and the wingspan from 25 to 31 cm. The Downy Woodpecker is mainly black on the upper parts and wings, with a white back, throat and belly and white spotting on the wings. There is a white bar above the eye and one below. They have a black tail with white outer feathers barred with black. Adult males have a red patch on the back of the head whereas juvenile birds display a red cap.

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