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Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). The Downy Woodpecker is the most common North American woodpecker and breeds over most of the United States, with the exception of the Southwest. It is 6.75 inches long, and contrasting black and white in appearance. Its underside is completely white, however its tail maintains black bands all the way down, in contrast to the Hairy Woodpecker, whose tail is white. Male Downy Woodpeckers have a red patch on the back of their heads, while females do not.

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