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Is this a Downy or Hairy Woodpecker?  The Cornell Lab has some helpful hints called Tricky Bird IDs.   The beak length is one key here.

Is this a Downy or Hairy Woodpecker? The Cornell Lab has some helpful hints called Tricky Bird IDs. The beak length is one key here.

how to tell downy woodpecker from hairy

Bird ID Skills: Size & Shape

Though you may be drawn to watching birds because of their wonder.

The Basics of Bird Beaks No matter the challenge, birds have the perfect tools for the job, right in front of their noses.

A sharp hook helps a hawk eat its dinner. - The Basics of Bird Beaks No matter the challenge, birds have the perfect tools for the job, right in front of their noses.

Purple Finch - Roger Tory Peterson's description "dipped in raspberry juice" is what I recall when I see these finches at our winter feeders.

Described as a "sparrow dipped in raspberry juice" by Roger Tory Peterson. Readily come to feeders for black oil sunflower seeds.

Identifying Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers - Figure out which woodpecker is which with these expert tips.

Identifying Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers - Figure out which woodpecker is which with these expert tips.

Confidently distinguish a downy from a hairy woodpecker with these tips from Birds & Blooms experts.

Downy Woodpecker on left. Hairy Woodpecker on right. Note the difference in beaks.

Woodpecker War - FeederWatch

A Hairy and a Downy Woodpecker were arguing at the suet holder.

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