There are three photos on this page:
1. Downy Woodpecker, mid-nestling
2. Downy Woodpecker, fledgling
3. Downy Woodpecker, just before
A relative of the Flicker,
this species is a small member of the Woodpecker family. These
birds cling vertically to tree trunks foraging for bugs, and
are cavity nesters, like other Woodpeckers. They enjoy feeding
on suet at backyard feeders, and will eat berries. Adults usually
raise only one nest of young per summer. Downy Woodpeckers do
not migrate to tropical countries for the winter.
This Downy Woodpecker was brought to us as a nestling who
had fallen out of the nest and could not be put back. This bird
thrived under our care and was eventually released to the wild.
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