Hairy Woodpecker

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 06 June 2013
Scientific Name
Picoides villosus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Picoides
  • P. villosus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.1 to 10 inches
13 to 17 inches
1.4 to 3.4 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 长嘴啄木鸟
Czech (Cesky) strakapoud americký
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Flagspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Haarspecht
Finnish (Suomi) amerikankäpytikka
French (Français) Pic chevelu
German (Deutsch) Haarspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio villoso
Japanese (日本語) セジロアカゲラ [sejiroakagera]
Norwegian (Norsk) Indianerspett
Polish (Polski) dzieciol wlochaty
Russian (русский язык) Волосатый дятел
Spanish (Español) Pico Velloso
Swedish (Svenska) Hårspett
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