Thursday, October 4, 2012

Downy, Hairy and Fox

Hairy Woodpecker left, Downy right
A recent banding program at Springbrook yielded the opportunity to have a Hairy and Downy woodpecker in the hand at the same time for some nice comparisons.  The size is of course the first detail - Hairy woodpeckers are much larger.  Their bills are also much longer in proportion.  And the red feathers (both males) do not make a complete span around the back of the head like a Downy.  Downy's also have bars on the outside retrices (tail feathers) and Hairy woodpeckers do not. 

Never pass up a chance to post pics of a Fox Sparrow.

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