7 Michigan Woodpecker : How to find full guide with [MEASUREMENTS]

Introduction:- These seven woodpeckers are native to the state of Michigan, and there are currently 7 different species. These birds can be found in most parts of the state, but they’ll be easier to find if you go outside on sunny days during their breeding season. It’s also a good idea to know what time of year you’re looking for these birds so that you can find them quickly!

1. Pileated Woodpecker


Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest of the Michigan woodpecker species, with a length of up to 15 inches and a wingspan of up to 20 inches.

The Pileated Woodpecker has a black body, white throat, and red crest (like an angry parrot). They can be found throughout the state of Michigan. They prefer forested areas but may also live in urban areas and suburbs.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: “The pileated is characterized by its large size relative to other woodpeckers; it has stout bills that curve downward toward their tips.”

  • Wingspan: Wingspan up to 27cm across.
  • Length: 16-19 inches in length.
  • Weight: The common weight of females and males mixed is ready 277 g (nine.Eight ounces), with adult males weighing about 300 g (eleven oz.) and women weighing about 256 g (nine.Zero oz) in mean body mass.

2. Hairy Woodpecker

2. Hairy Woodpecker
2. Hairy Woodpecker

The Hairy Woodpecker is one of the most common species in Michigan. It has a black head, back and wings with white belly. The crest on its head is red. They have black bills with red tips, which are used to strip bark from trees during nesting season (August-September).

Measurements of Hairy Woodpecker

  • Both Sexes
    • Wingspan: 13.0-16.1 in (33-41 cm)
    • Length: 7.1-10.2 in (18-26 cm)
    • Weight: 1.4-3.4 oz (40-95 g)

What Do Hairy Woodpeckers Eat?

Their eating regimen particularly includes insects, larvae of woodborers, fruit and nuts. Attract hairy woodpeckers with feeders full of suet, peanuts, peanut butter and black-oil sunflower seeds, in particular within the winter

3. Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker is a small brown bird with black and white stripes on its breast. It has a long bill, which it uses for digging for insects. The Downy Woodpecker’s scientific name is Picoides pubescens, meaning “dense-plumed” or “pubescent.”

This species lives in deciduous forests as well as mixed forests with trees such as oak, beech, poplar and birch.

The average size of an adult male downy woodpecker is 6.25 inches (16 cm) long with an average weight of 0.3 ounces (9 g). Females are slightly smaller than males at 5 inches (13 cm) long with an average weight of 0.17 ounces (5 g).

Both sexes have similar coloring patterns including black feathers over their bodies except for white belly feathers that appear when they’re out flying around during breeding season!

This species lives seven years or more depending on if they survive predation by other animals like raccoons or hawks; if not then it could die after just three years old!

Measurements of Downy Woodpecker

  • Male Weight : 0.3 ounces (9 g)
  • size of adult Male:- 6.25 inches (16 cm)
  • Female Weight : 0.17 ounces (5 g).
  • size of adult Female:– 5 inches (13 cm)

4. Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

4. Red-Bellied Woodpecker
4. Red-Bellied Woodpecker

The red-bellied woodpecker is one of the most common woodpeckers in North America. It’s a small, stocky bird with a short neck and a large head. The male has red on its belly and back (except for an orange-blue throat), while females have pale yellow on their belly and back (except for brownish streaks).

It eats insects, small spiders, mollusks and seeds from trees like maple or oak trees but prefers to feed on insects during spring season when they are active at night time or early mornings before sunrise when there are more food sources available such as grasshoppers etc..

Measurements of Red-Bellied Woodpecker

  • Weight : 72.5 grams (range 56 to 91 g)
  • Size of adult :– 22.9 to 26.7 cm long.
  • wingspan :- 38 to 46 cm.

Females are about 8-9% smaller, on average, than males.

5. Northern Flicker (Yellow-Shafted)

 Northern Flicker (Yellow-Shafted)

The Northern Flicker (Yellow-Shafted) is a medium-sized woodpecker that has black back, wings and tail feathers. It also has red underparts and tail feathers. The male has a yellow back, wings and rump while the female is brownish with white wing bars.

Measurements of 5. Northern Flicker (Yellow-Shafted)

  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 11.0-12.2 in (28-31 cm)
    • Weight: 3.9-5.6 oz (110-160 g)
    • Wingspan: 16.5-20.1 in (42-51 cm)

6. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a medium-sized woodpecker that breeds across Michigan and other parts of the eastern United States. It has black back and wings, with white markings on its belly and breast. The male has black upperparts with white underparts, while females are brown overall.

The yellow-bellied sapsucker’s diet consists mainly of insects like ants and termites that they find in old trees; they also eat seeds from some tree species when they can get them on their menu!

Measurements Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

  • Length: 19 to 21 centimetres (7+12 to 8+14 in).
  • Weight:  50.3 grams (1.77 oz), – although this can range anywhere from 35 to 62 grams (1.2 to 2.2 oz). 
  • Wingspan: 34 to 40 centimetres (13+12 to 15+34 in).

7. Black-Backed Woodpecker

7. Black-Backed Woodpecker
7. Black-Backed Woodpecker

The black-backed woodpecker is a medium-sized bird that can be identified by its black back and white belly. They have a black cap and a white cheek patch.

They have a black back, white belly and gray wings with black wingtips. The male has red facial skin while females have yellowish cheeks which are larger than males’ cheeks.

Measurements Of Black-Backed Woodpecker

  • Length: 9.1 inches (23 cm)
  • Weight: 2.1–3.1 oz (60–88 g)
  • Wingspan: 15.8–16.5 in (40–42 cm)

The seven species of Michigan woodpeckers

The seven species of Michigan woodpeckers are the Hairy Woodpecker, the Pileated Woodpecker, the Red Bellied Woodpecker, the Downy Woodpecker, the Northern Flicker and Yellow Bellied Sapsucker. These birds are all found in Michigan and they all have different habitats.

For example:

  • The Hairy Woodpecker lives in forests and creeks but can also be found near human habitation. It builds its nest out of sticks and leaves as well as making use of holes or crevices made by other animals such as squirrels or raccoons for protection from predators such as eagles or hawks!
  • The Pileated Woodpecker prefers deciduous trees like maple trees but will also inhabit coniferous ones when necessary too! This bird typically lays two eggs at once but rarely ever incubates them themselves – instead they rely on their mate’s care until both eggs hatch into chicks…


I hope this article has helped you understand more about these amazing birds. If you want to learn more about Michigan’s bird species, check out our other articles on the topic!

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