Woodpeckers in Delaware

Delaware is a hotspot for birdwatchers, thanks to around 400 species of birds that call it home. Among them, seven species are woodpeckers. Though a small proportion, they play a vital role in maintaining ecological balance by controlling insect populations and building nests that are reused by many mammals and other birds incapable of excavating nest cavities by themselves. They are a common sight in Delaware, no matter where you live.

Woodpeckers in Delaware (DE)

Different Types of Woodpeckers Found in Delaware

NameIdentifying FeaturesWhere They Are Found in  Delaware
Downy WoodpeckerSmall, white belly, and white spotsWooded habitats, gardens, and backyard feeders
Hairy WoodpeckerLarger than Downy, with a longer billWoodlands, forests, and suburban areas with trees
Northern FlickerBrown with black spots, red crescent on napeOpen areas, fields, and wood edges with suitable foraging
Red-bellied WoodpeckerRed cap on the head and pale belly with faint streaksWooded areas, parks, and suburban neighborhoods
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerBlack and white with yellowish bellyDeciduous and coniferous forests, especially during migration
Pileated WoodpeckerLarge size, black with white stripes, and red crestMature forests, especially in larger wooded areas
Red-headed WoodpeckerDistinctive red head and white bellyWoodlands, forests, and open country areas

The most recognizable of all woodpeckers is the pileated woodpecker, with its large size (17.5 inches) and distinct coloration, resembling the real-life counterpart of Woody the Woodpecker. Another easily identifiable type is the red-headed woodpecker, sporting a bright red head and bold black and white markings on its body.

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