Hairy Woodpecker Information
Length: 9 - 9.5"
Habitat: Deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests; wooded swamps, orchards, parks. Requires large trees for nesting.
Diet: Wood-boring beetles and their larvae, caterpillars, ants, and some other insects; nuts, seeds, tree sap, wild fruits and berries.
Calls and sounds of the Hairy Woodpecker
Preferred Bird Feeder Food
Like many woodpeckers, the hairy woodpecker prefers suet, but will also eat black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, and chunky peanut butter.
Suet should be offered in a suet cage. A platform feeder is ideal for the other seeds and peanut hearts. Peanut butter can be spread on pine cones or suet logs and hung near the feeder.
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls of this bird. (From Audubon Field Guide)
(Adult Male at Nest Cavity)
© Mike Danzenbaker
- Medium-sized black and white woodpecker
- Fairly long bill
- Mostly black head set off by broad white supercilium and lower border to auriculars
- Black nape
- White back
- Black wings with white spotting on coverts and flight feathers
- White underparts
- Black rump
- Black tail with white outer tail feathers
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Breeding Bird Survey Map,
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Hairy Woodpecker is found year-round in the New England region.
Range Maps from Cornell
Includes separate map of sightings.