BIRD OF THE WEEK — HAIRY WOODPECKER — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

HAIRY WOODPECKER

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Picoides villosus 
POPULATION: 8.5 million
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Mature deciduous and coniferous forests.

The Hairy Woodpecker gets its name from the long, thread-like white feathers that run down the middle of its black back. This species looks very much like its closely related cousin, the Downy Woodpecker, but has a heftier bill. It’s also larger, measuring 9 to 10 inches in length — about the same size as Brazil’s rare Kaempfer’s Woodpecker.

Hairy Woodpecker populations are declining as a result of habitat loss, particularly of older forests. Like Eastern Bluebird, it competes with introduced species such as European Starling for nest holes.

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