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.
Nests in cavities.
Yes, they will use nest boxes designed for Carolina Chickadees.
Smallest Woodpecker in North America
The Downy Woodpecker finds food that larger woodpeckers cannot, such as the insects living on or in weed stems.
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