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Downy Woodpecker deedsphotos
Downy woodpeckers are the smallest (6 3/4 inches long), most common and most widespread woodpecker. As do hairy woodpeckers, the males have a red patch at the back of their heads. Range: All of North America where there are forests and mature trees.
Food: Insects, fruits, seeds and nuts.
Nesting: They excavate cavities in the trunk or a dead branch of a living tree.
Source: Michigan Bird Watching by Bill Thompson III and the Staff of BirdWatcher's Digest. Cool Springs Press 2004