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Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus

A mid-sized woodpecker commonly seen in the forests around Montreal. Males have a small red patch on the back of the head.

Common Names

  • Hairy Woodpecker (en)
  • Pico velloso (es)
  • Pic chevelu (fr)
  • Haarspecht (de)

Taxonomy

  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Picoides villosus

Where & When to Spot

All year long in the forests around Montreal. Best season is winter as due to lack of foliage the bird can be spotted more easily. Just sit down and watch. After some time a Hairy Woodpecker will pass by walking up the tree trunks searching for insects.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 0 0 0 2
Park Mont-Royal 1 0 0 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 4 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

There is one species which is very similar to the Hairy Woodpecker and covering the same areas displaying same behavior. To identify this species, I look at the length of the beak which exceeds significantly one third of the width of the head when being seen from the side.

Photos

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2016-03-22

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-03-06

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.0; Iso 250;

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