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Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Picoides
Species: pubescens


5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Fairhope, Alabama
, British Columbia
San Anselmo, California
Aurora, Colorado
North Haven, Connecticut
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Black Diamond, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Palm Shores, Florida
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
South Daytona, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Byron, Georgia
Calhoun, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Montpelier, Idaho
Algonquin, Illinois
Gages Lake, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Corunna, Indiana
Plainfield, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Pownal, Maine
Clinton, Maryland
Hanover, Maryland
Linthicum, Maryland
Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland
North Attleborough, Massachusetts
Bear Lake, Michigan
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Corcoran, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Airport Drive, Missouri
Bolivar, Missouri
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Glendale, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Warner, New Hampshire
Beachwood, New Jersey
Lake Mohawk, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Oak Valley, New Jersey
Woodstown, New Jersey
Amityville, New York
Himrod, New York
Yonkers, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Winston-salem, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Columbiana, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
Haskins, Ohio
Hilliard, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Logan, Ohio
Pleasant Grove, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Molalla, Oregon
Ashley, Pennsylvania
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Irwin, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Summertown, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Barrett, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Euless, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Friendswood, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Spring, Texas
Watauga, Texas
Magna, Utah
West Valley City, Utah
Essex Junction, Vermont
Appleton, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Member Notes:

Neutral Grasmussen On Jan 11, 2009, Grasmussen from Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a) wrote:

Only the males have a bright red patch on the back of the head.

Positive Malus2006 On Jan 13, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

One of the most common woodpecker in the Twin Cities, they will nest even in telephone poles. They are small compare to other woodpeckers, being rather larger than a sparrow but smaller than a dove. They will regularly visits feeder if they can handle the perching but will loves to come to suet feeders all year round.

Positive plantladylin On Sep 13, 2009, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

The Downy is found throughout Florida, and we had a pair nest in a Camphor Tree in our back yard this year. The female didn't seem to mind my presence if I sat on the bench under the tree, but the male was very vocal if he was nearby and I was anywhere in that area of the yard. He would flit back and forth from one tree to another and really make a racket. I don't know how many babies were hatched but it was fun watching the parents going to and from the nest hole to feed them. The adult would fly down to one of the suet feeders and back to the nest with the babies chirping loudly.

My book on Florida birds says the Downy's diet consists of beetles, cockroaches, ants and other insects and that vegetable matter make up a small portion of the food intake.

Positive bungalow1056 On Apr 8, 2010, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC
(Zone 7b) wrote:

These woodpeckers are a hoot. The enjoy giving me a start by banging on my home's aluminum siding to claim their territory during the Spring mating season.

Neutral pdools_NJ On Jul 24, 2010, pdools_NJ from Sparta, NJ wrote:

I love to have any and all birds in my Northern NJ backyard, but I'm thinking twice about my downy woodpeckers. They love the necter in my hummingbird feeders and can drain one in two days. I don't mind refilling the feeders, but I can't believe this much sugar is healthy for their diet.
In his spare time, one of the larger males has taken up pecking a hole in my shed. I'm going to try a suet feeder to try and allure them to something better for their diet (and my shed). I stopped putting out my wren house, because I heard they break other birds' eggs- hence my new neighbors.
Just goes to show you, we are all part of nature and not bigger than it. A solution for one problem opens the door to a new one- you just need to leave it all alone and let nature run it's course.

Positive hydey6 On Aug 23, 2011, hydey6 from Corunna, IN wrote:

I've never had any problems with this bird. I put out woodpecker bars and that is all they go after. They sometimes peck at the peanuts in the peanut ring for the blue jays and a blue jay will land on top of the hook and stare at him, waiting for him to leave, which is rather comical.

Positive Cville_Gardener On Jan 28, 2012, Cville_Gardener from Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a) wrote:

Besides being useful for removing insects from tree bark, these birds are a joy to watch. They love the suet feeders and frequent them all winter.

Timer: 15.45 jiffies (0.15448307991028).

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