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Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

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.