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Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens

Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens

It is the smallest woodpecker in the parks around Montreal. It stays in the region the whole year mostly eating insects found below the bark of trees. Common visitor of bird feeders in the winter.

Common Names

How to Identify

The appearance of this species is almost identical to the larger Hairy Woodpecker besides two distinguished characteristics. The beak of this species is shorter than the head and it has black spots on the white tail feathers.

Where & When to Spot

I observe this species in almost all parks all year long but more frequently in winter because of better visibility.

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

- March 09, 2019

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 140;
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Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Male Downy Woodpecker

Park Pointe aux Prairies - March 22, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;
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Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Lazy individual. he went to the feeder, catched some and returned to the tree .

Park Mont-Royal - March 04, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;
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