Resembling a jumbo downy woodpecker, the hairy is best told by its larger size, proportionately much bigger bill, and unspotted outer tail feathers.
Habitat and Habits
This species is much less tolerant of forest fragmentation than the downy woodpecker, and is generally confined to larger, older woodlands. The hairy woodpecker also has a much louder, more explosive call. When diving, it releases a drawn out rattling cry somewhat reminiscent of a belted kingfisher.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Male hairy woodpeckers excavate nest holes in dead branches or tree trunks, usually high off the ground. Both parents incubate the eggs.