Common Name: Downy Woodpecker
Scientific Name: Picoides pubescens
Migration: Non-migratory; does not migrate.
The downy woodpecker is the smallest and most widespread woodpecker in North America. These birds prefer relatively open deciduous forests with younger trees or lower canopies, and can also be found in established scrubby marshes and riparian corridors where there are thick weed stalks and reeds for foraging. Downy woodpeckers are adaptable to urban and suburban neighborhoods where trees are available, and they are also readily found in parks and orchards. Cottonwood and Aspen trees are particular favorites of downy woodpeckers, and they will visit suet and black oil sunflower feeders in backyards.
For more information, see the complete downy woodpecker profile.
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