Hairy vs Downy Woodpecker?

by Debra Smith
(NC)

I just want to know what the difference is between a hairy woodpecker and a downy woodpecker. I have them at my home all the time, but they look so much alike in the pictures I can't tell a hairy from a downy. Does anyone know what the difference is between them? Thanks


Comment
These cousins are hard to tell apart because they look very similar. The main way to tell them apart is by size. The Downy Woodpecker is the smaller of the two, about 6 3/4 inches long. (17 cm)
The bigger Hairy Woodpecker is about 9 1/4 inches long. (24 cm)
Susan

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Gray Jay Nesting Oddity

    Apr 29, 17 02:55 PM

    Looking out of my bedroom window one fine morning, I spied a pair of gray jays on the telephone wire outside. Had never seen any of these, although we

    Read More

  2. Are these guys Mocking birds?

    Apr 28, 17 11:15 PM

    They are very protective of their territory and afraid of absolutely nothing.

    Read More

  3. mrscolumbo

    Apr 28, 17 11:13 PM

    i live in the greater los angeles area. i noticed a strange bird sitting on my neighbors antenna. i know almost all birds around here. this bird took

    Read More