[CT Birds] "Red-headed" Downy Woodpecker
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Fri Jun 27 19:28:08 EDT 2014
That is an immature Downy Woodpecker, likely a male, in reasonably typical immature plumage. I have six Downys at the feeder right now and two are
quite similar to this, two have a more limited red cap making it more difficult to determine sex, an adult male and a female.
> On Jun 27, 2014, at 6:52 PM, Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> At the suet feeder today was a Downy Woodpecker, with a nice red cap -- neither the red forehead of the immature nor the red at the back of the mature. (Link to photos below -- open to all.)
> Now, I'm not trying to claim it's a Nuttall's, but is this a known, fairly common variant? Is it a form of the immature?
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