Hairy Woodpecker

Identified by the white band stretching down the middle of the hack and the pure white outer tail feathers, this is a widespread woodpecker of North American woodland. Its habitats range from dense coniferous or broadleavcd forests to open woodland, but it does not venture readily into farmland and suburbs. Climbing tree trunks and larger branches, it explores the bark of trees, prying up the bark or hacking into rotten wood in search of insects and wood-boring grubs, which it extracts with its very long, barb-tipped tongue. It utters a loud "peek" note and also a slurred, whinnying call. • NEST A hole excavated by the birds, in a dead or decaying tree


From Alaska and

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