Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Birds of Point Pelee National Park
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-Picoides villosus (Linnaeus)
A black and white (but on West Coast whites are tinged with sandy brown) four-toed woodpecker, with broad white stripe down middle of back and bill nearly as long as head. Varies geographically. Adult male with bright-red bar (often divided into two spots on nape but lacking in female. Young not long out of the nest often show reddish or yellowish spots on crown, but young male does not have red on nape. A large edition of the common Downy Woodpecker but decidedly larger with much longer bill.