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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpeckers are the most common woodpecker species to visit a backyard bird feeder. They love suet feeders. They also enjoy sunflower seeds, millet, and peanuts.


  • Small Woodpecker with black and white pattern above and white underneath. They have a large white patch on back. 

  • Males have a red patch on the back of the head. 

  • Small dark bill.


  • Insects, seeds, fruits. Forages along tree trunk and branches. 


  • Prefers woodlands. 

Preferred Nest:

  • Nests in cavities.

Backyard Birdhouse:

  • Yes, they will use nest boxes designed for Carolina Chickadees.

More Facts:

  • Smallest Woodpecker in North America 

  • The Downy Woodpecker finds food that larger woodpeckers cannot, such as the insects living on or in weed stems.

Link for more information: Downy Woodpecker

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