Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers A reader writes: There are a couple of woodpeckers that feed at my bird feeders each day that I thought were male and female downy woodpeckers. That is until I saw a picture of a hairy woodpecker on your website. How can I tell the difference between a downy woodpecker and a hairy woodpecker? Their colors are identical.
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Downy Woodpecker or Hairy Woodpecker?
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I suppose before that comes knowing that these two woodpeckers live around here and can be difficult to tell apart. Downy woodpeckers are the most common woodpecker in New England. They are cute little woodpeckers that like suburbia, mostly for our wonderful suet feeders they also like black oil sunflower seeds. In the winter, these woodpeckers form mixed flocks with those other iconic winter bird feeder birds - chickadees, nuthatches and titmice.