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downy woodpecker

a small, North American woodpecker, Picoides pubescens, having black and white plumage.
1800-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Now comes a sonic burst, as a downy woodpecker drills into a nearby trunk.
  • One of the best times to see the downy woodpecker is in the winter when the leaves are off the trees.
  • For instance, the larger hairy woodpecker excavates nest cavities in live wood while the downy woodpecker prefers dead wood.
  • Common woodpecker predators include the three-toed woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, and downy woodpecker.
  • Seventy-five per cent of the food of the downy woodpecker is insects.

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