You can see on this range map, the Downy’s year-round distribution. Populations above the dotted line are sparse in the winter months. Though in the Puget Sound area throughout the year, they may disperse after breeding and join small foraging flocks in the winter. These flocks might be made up of kinglets, chickadees & Red-breasted Nuthatches. The Downy Woodpecker is named for the soft, white, down-like feathers of the stripe on its lower back.

Woodpeckers have primitive vocalizations compared to songbirds. Their simple calls are used to express alarm, announce or defend territory, attract a mate, keep in contact or maintain the pair bond.

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