Where are they from?
Downy woodpeckers can be found year round in open woodlands stretching across much of Canada and the United States.
What do they eat?
Downy woodpeckers eat mostly insects and larvae that they search for by pecking the bark on trees.
How do they act?
They are quick creatures that will fan their tails when threatened and sporadically swing about their beaks. During mating season, downy woodpeckers will work with their mate to build their nest. Often these nests are in the sides of soft, dead, or dying trees and take weeks to build.
Are they endangered?
Downy woodpeckers are listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
Downy woodpeckers are very good at balancing and being nimble in their movements and, therefore, will often perch atop unstable things such as slender plants, ferns, etc.
What if humans had the balance of a woodpecker?