A common, 9 inch bird, native to Virginia all year round.
Males have black and white checkered back with a white belly and breast and a white stripe down their back. The have a long black bill and a red mark on the back of their head.
Females are the same as males except they do not have a red mark.
Juveniles are the similar to females but duller and lighter.
Hairy Woodpeckers eat insects, nuts, suet and occasionally seed. You will hear a sharp chirp right before they land. They have a barbed tongue.