Downy Woodpecker in Winter

Downy woodpecker on a tree trunk
Downy woodpecker (male). Photo by Patrice Bouchard on Unsplash

Appearance: Downy woodpeckers are small birds 6″ – 7″ long. Males are tuxedo-black with a white stripe on the back, white belly, white outer tail feathers, some spotted areas of white on the wings, a yellow/tan spot above the beak, and the infamous red patch on his head at the back of the crown. Females are nearly identical without the red coloring.

Diet: Fruit and berries that remain on the trees, shrubs, and vines.

Feeder food: Suet, peanut butter spread, Sunflower seeds, Safflower seeds, hulled peanuts, corn, fruits, nectar (sugar water).

Habitat: Downy woodpeckers are common throughout the US and Canada. They’ll be found anywhere there are trees.

Range Map

Downy woodpecker range map
Downy woodpecker range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.