Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens
Downy Woodpecker specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Common permanent resident in wood margins and forested areas, nesting from late April to mid-June. Differs from the Hairy Woodpecker in smaller size and shorter bill. Males have a red band on the nape, females do not.

Specimen Information

The bird peeping out of the hole is a female; the bird below her is a male (with the red feathers at the back of his head).