A visual comparison of a Hairy vs a Downy Woodpecker.
Today's post is a comparison of the Hairy and Downy woodpeckers. When viewing these birds in the wild as separate species they really look identical, but together there are some very distinct differences.
The first picture is of a Hairy Woodpecker. Notice the length of the beak, the actual size and the distinct black pattern below the eye and away from the beak. It is slighty larger above the wing on the Hairy then that of the Downy.
Female Downy Woodpecker (notice short beak, straight line away from the beek without much downward spread). The female also does not have a red cap.
Both birds in one shot. Clearly two different birds. I wish I could perfect getting both birds in focus. The Downy looks slighty bothered by the Hairy. Little scowl on his beak! :)