Fluffy brown/white body, black wings with perfect white circles, and stripped tail-feathers?

by Nicole

Today at work, a bird flew straight into a glass window. He appeared to have broken his wing, and so I brought him home to try and figure out what to do. Shortly after, he flew out of my box and disappeared. I have never seen a bird like this before, and it's got me so curious! He was a little smaller than my hand, had a fluffy torso that looked like a blend of black and white, his wings were black with perfect white dots, and his tail was very long, with white and black stripes. His beak was kind of short and black, and his head was blotchy with white and black, also. I have no idea what kind of bird this could be, and I can't find another picture of it anywhere online!

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Jul 26, 2011
Hairy Woodpecker
by: Anonymous

To me it looks like an immature or a female hairy woodpecker. Males have a red patch on the back of their head. Red-cockaded woodpeckers have a large white cheek patch and a black back that is mottled with white spots the pic seems to show a white patch on back that is a characteristic of the hairy and downy woodpeckers. Here is a link hope it helps.


Jul 25, 2011
Some kind of Woodpecker

If it is a Red Cockaded like someone commented This is what I read about them

One of the few bird species endemic to the United States, the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker is a bird of mature southern pine forests. Its preference for longleaf pine and the destruction of that habitat have resulted in the woodpecker becoming an endangered species.

Jul 24, 2011
Red-cockaded Woodpecker

I believe it is a Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

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