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hairy woodpecker

a North American woodpecker, Picoides villosus, resembling but larger than the downy woodpecker.
Origin of hairy woodpecker
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here are the places to look for the nest of the hairy woodpecker.

    The Bird Study Book

    Thomas Gilbert Pearson
  • The flight of the hairy woodpecker is like that of the other species of its group.

  • Compare it with the downy woodpecker and the hairy woodpecker.

  • The downy woodpecker is similar to his big relative, the hairy woodpecker, in color and shape, though much smaller.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • The hairy woodpecker, like many another bird and beast, furnishes much doubtful weather lore for credulous and inexact observers.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • Examine a male hairy woodpecker and a female; (in western States substitute a Harris's hairy woodpecker).

  • Occasionally the hairy woodpecker comes, a self-invited guest to the suet banquet.

  • Sometimes the hairy woodpecker, a much larger bird, routs Downy out and wrecks his house.

  • It was the hairy woodpecker, the big brother of the more common downy, and a bird that usually loves the depths of the woods.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Suddenly he gave a loud, rattling call, and I recognized the hairy woodpecker.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville

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