The Hairy Woodpecker is well distributed throughout North America. However, they are now less common than Downy due to loss of their favored habitat, conifer forest. They do not migrate. Mated pairs may stay on the same territory year-round.

The Hairy Woodpecker is named for the long filamentous white or whitish feathers in middle of its back. The sharp calls of Hairy are similar to Downy, but a deeper pitch. Please see the vocalization slide to listen to one of the calls.

Note: All species listed in this woodpecker section have a vocalization slide.

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