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Heart ForNature

Danville, KY, USA


This woodpecker was eating at my feeder. It is either one of the juvenile Downy Woodpeckers, or, possibly, a Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, which are VERY rarely, if not never, seen in Kentucky.



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I Need To Know What Bird This Is

2 responses to “I need to know what bird this is”

  1. Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

    Hello, This is a Downy Woodpecker. Note that Red-cckaded Woodpeckers have marking on their breasts and belly – similar to a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Additionally, the facial markings in Red-cockaded Woodpeckers is an all-black head with large white cheeks. Downies have white cheeks and eyebrows, with a strong black eyestripe inbetween, as in your photo. You can see photos of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers here.

  2. HeartForNature says:

    Thank you. Yes, it is definitely a Downy Woodpecker. I just have never seen one with a circular cheek patch like this one. As you said, usually it is a white line along their cheek.

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