female (Michigan, USA; 2010-08-27)

Downy Woodpecker
Picoides pubescens

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: common; smaller bodied and smaller billed than Hairy Woodpecker but nearly identical in plumage; forages along small twigs as well as larger branches and trunks; contact call a short pik, longer call a rattling series of kikikikiki notes; also communicates in part by drumming.

female, ventral view (Michigan, USA; 2010-08-27)

female showing white stripe up center of back (Michigan, USA; 2010-08-27)

female (Michigan, USA; 2006-08-20)

male, showing red patch on back of head (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-17)
female (Colorado, USA; 2009-02-14) female (California, USA; 2009-04-19)

probing branch with long pink tongue (California, USA; 2007-08-18)