Amazingly, there are more than 17 subspecies of the Hairy Woodpecker! They live at many different elevations and habitat areas and have some small variations in their appearance.
The bill of this woodpecker is almost as long as its head, allowing it to drill further into trees to reach the delicious insects.
Appearance of the Hairy Woodpecker
The Hairy Woodpecker, a medium-sized woodpecker, averages 7-10 inches in length. The larger subspecies of this woodpecker lives in northern regions of their habitat range, while smaller ones live further south.
Although most of its upperparts and feathers are black and white, some variations among the woodpecker subspecies do occur. The male and female woodpeckers of each particular subspecies appear similar in coloring, except males have a splotch of red on the back of its head, while females have black in the same area.
The sound of the Hairy Woodpecker tapping into a tree is often compared to a drum roll that stops as suddenly as it started.
Geography of the Hairy Woodpecker
The Hairy Woodpecker can be found throughout North America from Alaska, south through most of Canada and the United States, and further south into mountainous parts of Mexico and Central America.
This species of woodpecker is the most prevalent of woodpeckers in their regions, although unfortunately this may be changing as a decrease in the population has been noticed in some areas.
Local Environments of the Hairy Woodpecker
Amazingly there are more than 17 subspecies of the Hairy Woodpecker, living at many different elevations and habitat areas, although most prefer a wooded area or place where trees are abundant.
Even though insects are their favorite food, these woodpeckers will gladly eat from bird feeders and can be frequently found at feeders in suburban neighborhoods.
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