Wildlife Wednesday – The Hairy Woodpecker



What’s that tapping sound? For today’s Wildlife Wednesday from your Ohio Division of Wildlife, we are spotlighting the Hairy Woodpecker.
Resembling a jumbo downy woodpecker, this species is best known by its larger size, proportionately much bigger bill, and unspotted outer tail feathers.
This woodpecker is much less tolerant of forest fragmentation than the downy woodpecker and is generally confined to larger, older woodlands. The hairy woodpecker also has a much louder, more explosive call. When diving, it releases a drawn out rattling cry somewhat reminiscent of a belted kingfisher. Typical foods include insects and spiders.
Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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