Hairy Woodpecker Photo Gallery
To see a Hairy Woodpecker in the wild, take a hike on a trail running through a mature forest. Often if you stand still you will hear their spirited tapping well before spotting them.
What does the Hairy Woodpecker look like?
Hairy Woodpeckers are medium sized woodland-field birds. They have boxy heads, long dagger like gray bills and tough tail feathers used to lean on trees. Both sexes are predominately black and white. Both have white chests, black backs with a white striped down the middle. Heavier white barring on black wings and a bright red spot on the back of the head distinguish males.
Hairy Woodpecker Habitat
Hairy Woodpecker Facts
Hairy Woodpeckers are large erect woodpeckers that are common on trunks of trees in mature forests. Their large bills allow them to search for food where other woodpeckers would be limited by their smaller bills. Their call is a short, sharp "peek" and their tapping against trees can be quite loud.