Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy woodpeckers are specific to old hardwood forests. Habitat suitable for pileated woodpeckers is also appropriate for hairys. Obviously, this bird can be confused with its slightly smaller cousin, the downy woodpecker. A quick cue is that hairys tend to be on the trunks while downys are on the smaller branches.

This species is territorial, which means if you find one, you should find the pair and then the young. However, the Mississippi population seems small, perhaps because of the amount of old hardwood trees harvested in the state.

Photo by Skipper Anding

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