Jun 30 2008

They almost look alike

Published by at 7:32 am under Nesting & Courtship,Songbirds

Downy Woodpeckers: juvenile male with father (photo by Marcy Cunkleman)Here’s a great photo for learning the difference between downy woodpecker babies and their parents.

Last week Marcy Cunkelman took this photo of a downy woodpecker father feeding his youngster in her backyard.

Adult male downy woodpeckers have a red spot on the back of their heads.  Adult females have no red at all.  So that’s dad on the right.

Immature male downy woodpeckers have a muted red spot on their foreheads.  That means Baby is on the left.

I learn something new every day.  Thanks, Marcy.


(photo by Marcy Cunkelman)

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  1. Trish Guentheron 09 Jan 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Actually, only the male juveniles have the red on their foreheads. Female young look more or less like smaller versions of their mothers.

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