Master Birder Program. Downy Woodpecker. Profile by Glenn Olsen: The Downy Woodpecker is North America's smallest woodpecker.At approximately 6 3/4 inches and just under an ounce in weight it is only slightly larger than a Tufted Titmouse. Birds Of The Texas Panhandle Saturday, March 21, 2009. Texas is known for harboring a diverse variety of birds, and woodpeckers are no exception to it. Instead look to the bill – the Hairy Woodpecker has a solid woodpecker profile while the Downy Woodpecker’s profile is much more delicate. They get along well around human activity, and visit feeders more often than their look-alikes, the Hairy Woodpecker. Downy Woodpeckers are smaller than the Hairy Woodpecker, and have a shorter bill. Range. Family: (Picidae) Woodpeckers. Downy Woodpecker Downy Woodpeckers will likely visit bird feeders stocked with peanut butter and peanut hearts. Photo by Peter Assman. More. The smallest woodpecker in North America, common and widespread, although it avoids the arid southwest. Its small size makes it versatile, and it may forage on weed stalks as well as in large trees. Downy Woodpecker. The male and female are very similar in appearance, except that the male has a little patch of red feathers on the back of his head. These birds are excellent at pest control with their mostly insectivorous diets. I would be surprised if a day ever went by without a Downy visiting the suet feeders in our yards. About the Checklist. The 14 species of woodpeckers who inhabit Texas cover all five native woodpecker genera. Dryobates pubescens . North-Central Texas Birds. Males feed more on small branches and weed stems, and females feed on larger branches and trunks. Downy Woodpecker Diet. An interesting fact from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “Male and female Downy Woodpeckers divide up where they look for food in winter. 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