Downy or hairy? That is the question

Photo: Lise Lafond

Downy woodpeckers are mostly seen on branches than on trunks. They have smaller beaks and are smaller in size than the hairy variety. This is a male, with a red patch on the back of his head.

Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.” - Coleman Cox

Every bird lover comes upon an identification challenge occasionally. Even with all the right information, it is not always easy to identify the right bird between two look-alike species.