We want to hear from you! Please take this short, anonymous survey to help us improve the DG home page.

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

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


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

, British Columbia
Canoga Park, California
Daytona Beach, Florida
Algonquin, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Dubuque, Iowa
Robins, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oakland, Maryland
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan (3 reports)
Conway, Missouri
Joplin, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Marlton, New Jersey
Himrod, New York
Belfield, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Corning, Ohio
Gold Hill, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Pocahontas, Tennessee
Essex Junction, Vermont
Newbury, Vermont
Show all

Members' Notes:


On Jan 19, 2009, skeezic from Traverse City, MI wrote:

For years I have found this bird to be a charming addition to our feeder. It brings its baby, which is as big as the parents it seems, and feeds it from the feeder. After a time the parents fly away and the baby stays. Silly birds, talk all the time, walk funny, of great interest to watchers, fun, and very common in Michigan in wooded areas.


On Jan 17, 2009, mnfriend from Winona, MN wrote:

Note to the owner of the Bird Files: What is the purpose of the "Positive/Neutral/Negative" rating per bird? Does a more colorful bird gain a more positive rating?!

I would suggest a "rating" of "easy to attract/difficult to attract".


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.