Utah Bird Profile
 Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens

Name Roots: (L. picus, "a woodpecker"; oides, "resembling" - pubescens, "downy")

In Utah:   
by Kendall Brown

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous woodlands
    Nests in a snag at a height of 3-50 feet, in a cavity nest. This species is not a cowbird host. This species is an insectivore: bark and lower-canopy gleaner; frugivore: lower-canopy gleaner.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in aspen and lowland riparian habitats.
How to find: Listed as a common permanent residence this species is one of the woodpeckers that can be attracted to suet feeders during the winter. Nesting in deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous woodlands it can usually be observed in Utah County on the Alpine and Nebo scenic loops. During the winter look for it in the deciduous trees that border Hobble Creek, and the Spanish Fork and Provo Rivers.  ~Merrill Webb

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