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Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus

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

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.

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.

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

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 400;
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Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Park Angrignon - March 06, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.0; Iso 250;
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