H2: Basic Description
The Hairy Woodpecker is a medium-sized bird that measures around 9-15 inches in length with a wingspan of 16-19 inches. They have black and white feathers with a distinctive red patch on the back of their head. Unlike some other woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers lack the bristles (hairs) over their nostrils.
H2: Where To Find This Bird
The Hairy Woodpecker can be found throughout much of North America, including Canada and the United States. They prefer to live in deciduous or mixed forests, but can also be found in parks and residential areas with mature trees.
As mentioned earlier, The Hairy Woodpecker prefers to live in deciduous or mixed forests or wooded suburban areas. They like open woods as well as forest edges where they have easy access to both vegetation and open spaces for hunting prey.
Like many other types of woodpeckers, The Hairy Woodpecker feeds mainly on insects such as ants, beetles, caterpillars, and spiders which they locate by drilling into tree bark using their bills. They also eat nuts and seeds from trees such as oak and hickory during winter when insects are scarce.
H2: Cool Facts
1) Their long pointed bill is about the same length as their head.
2) These birds do not migrate far distances; most stay within 30 miles year-round.
3) Males drum on resonant objects up to 26 times per minute trying to attract mates.
4) Unlike most birds who lay eggs only once per year , hairy wood peckers may lay two sets due predation attacks
5) Another way these birds communicate is through “drumming” – tapping rapidly against trees/shrubs/wooden structures repeatedly for territorial identification or attracting mates.
In conclusion, Hairy Woodpeckers are amazing creatures with unique features that make them stand out in the bird world. They are not only beautiful to look at but also play a vital role in helping keep insect populations under control. So, next time you’re taking a stroll through the woods or your local park, keep an eye out for these fascinating birds!