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Telling Them Apart: Hairy vs. Downy Woodpecker

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With their black, white, and red feathers, distinguishing between Downy Woodpeckers and Hairy Woodpeckers can be quite the identification challenge for many nature lovers.

Downy Woodpeckers are much more abundant than Hairy Woodpeckers, especially in suburban areas. Hairy Woodpeckers prefer towering trees and deeper woods, while the Downy Woodpecker can settle for younger trees and herbaceous plants.

Both of these incredible woodpecker species live in High Park and as such, we would like to encourage you to practice telling them both apart on your next visit. We promise it gets easier with time!