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About the Hairy Woodpecker

Also known as: White-breasted Woodpecker, Queen Charlotte Woodpecker, Harris's Woodpecker, Cabanis's Woodpecker, Modoc Woodpecker, Sierra Woodpecker, Chihuahua Woodpecker, Newfoundland Woodpecker

The Hairy Woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker that lives in parts of North America and Central America. For the most part they are non-migratory, though birds in the far north of their range or at high elevations may move to other locations during the winter. Their preferred habitat is mature deciduous forest.

Hairy Woodpeckers eat insects foraged from tree trunks. They also eat plant matter including fruits, nuts, and even tree sap.

The Hairy Woodpecker is very similar in appearance to the Downy Woodpecker, though the two species are not very closely related.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 June 2013
Scientific Name Picoides villosus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Picoides
  • P. villosus
Birdorable Family Woodpeckers
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.1 to 10 inches
13 to 17 inches
1.4 to 3.4 ounces

International Names

  • 长嘴啄木鸟 (Chinese)
  • strakapoud americký (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Flagspætte (Danish)
  • Haarspecht (Dutch)
  • amerikankäpytikka (Finnish)
  • Pic chevelu (French)
  • Haarspecht (German)
  • Picchio villoso (Italian)
  • セジロアカゲラ [sejiroakagera] (Japanese)
  • Indianerspett (Norwegian)
  • dzieciol wlochaty (Polish)
  • Волосатый дятел (Russian)
  • Pico Velloso (Spanish)
  • Hårspett (Swedish)