They are found from central Alaska across Canada to Newfoundland, south to Florida and Central America.
They live in deciduous forests, mixed woods, parks and yards with trees.
They are about robin-sized with a white back, black and white striped (barred) wings and a red patch on the head. They have a long, slender bill. Their tail is black with white outer feathers. Females have a black patch on head instead of the red patch. They look like the downy woodpecker but are bigger.
They come to bird feeders.
They peck for insects in trees. They will also eat fruits and seeds.
They nest in trees holes. Females have 3 – 7 white eggs.
Species: P. villosus
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