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Some one told me Hairy now I'm being told Downy. So which is it?


Hairy Woodpecker by PEN Productions / Paul Neale, on Flickr



Mar 31, 2012 at 05:55 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Downy or Hairy?


I would vote for Downy...shorter bill than Hairy. Also smaller but without a comparison I guess that would be difficult to tell (6 1/2" vs ~9")
Eric



Mar 31, 2012 at 07:08 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Downy or Hairy?


eyelaser wrote:
I would vote for Downy...shorter bill than Hairy. Also smaller but without a comparison I guess that would be difficult to tell (6 1/2" vs ~9")
Eric



Agreed!



Mar 31, 2012 at 07:08 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Downy or Hairy?


I dont think that he was 9" so I'm guessing Downy then. Any more input is welcome.


Mar 31, 2012 at 07:33 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Downy or Hairy?


Downy


Mar 31, 2012 at 07:40 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Downy or Hairy?


Biggest difference is the size. Without something in the frame to give us a sense of size, it could be either.


Mar 31, 2012 at 07:44 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Downy or Hairy?


downy also ... the bills to short for hairy


Mar 31, 2012 at 07:49 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Downy or Hairy?


Downy:
A small black-and-white woodpecker (approximately 6.5" long).

The bill is rather short and dainty, about one-third as long as the distance from the base of the bill to the back of the head.

Hairy:
A black-and-white woodpecker about the size of a robin (averaging 9-13" long).

The bill is long, chisel-like, about as long as the distance from the base of the bill to the back of the head.

Downy



Mar 31, 2012 at 08:14 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Downy or Hairy?


kmunroe wrote:
downy also ... the bills to short for hairy





Mar 31, 2012 at 08:26 PM
 

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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Downy or Hairy?


Karl Witt wrote:
Downy:
A small black-and-white woodpecker (approximately 6.5" long).

The bill is rather short and dainty, about one-third as long as the distance from the base of the bill to the back of the head.

Hairy:
A black-and-white woodpecker about the size of a robin (averaging 9-13" long).

The bill is long, chisel-like, about as long as the distance from the base of the bill to the back of the head.

Downy


You could not make it clearer Karl. So what type of tree is it on?

Fine photo Paul. without it, there would be no debate.

Morris



Mar 31, 2012 at 08:44 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Downy or Hairy?


Hi,

Short dainty bill - definitely Downy. Pity you didn't includ3 the outer tail feathers, as they have a pretty diagnostic field mark - Downy has 2 small horizontal dark bars on them, while Hairy's are plain white.

Richard



Mar 31, 2012 at 08:45 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Downy or Hairy?


Downy...Nice job.
Brian



Mar 31, 2012 at 09:19 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Downy or Hairy?


Well this guy landed so close that I had to set back to get him in focus and by the time I spun the zoom ring he flew so no tail feathers unfortunitly.

Thanks for the help every one. I will call that conclusive.



Mar 31, 2012 at 09:48 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Downy or Hairy?


Downy, short bill


Mar 31, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Downy or Hairy?


Nice shot Paul ~ Ron


Apr 01, 2012 at 12:23 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Downy or Hairy?


Great shot Paul, I can't help with ID though
David



Apr 01, 2012 at 08:54 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Downy or Hairy?


Beautiful shot. 100% sure that this is a male Downy Woodpecker. I see them everyday. I have three to four pair in my backyard. I even had a male to eat out of my hand.


Apr 01, 2012 at 01:38 PM





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