Hairy Or Downy

Hairy or Downy?  Very hard to tell…..well I have a hard time determining the difference.  The best way to tell is the size of the two birds.  The most distinctive difference in the two is the Downy woodpecker is the smaller of the two.

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Also look for the size difference in their bill.  The Hairy woodpecker has a long chisel like bill, almost the same length as his head.  The Downy’s is short and dainty.   About 1/3rd length of its head.


I do believe this is a Hairy.  What do you think?


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