Little Woodpecker Dryobates passerinus


Little Woodpeckers are found in a large variety of habitats, but are especially common around forest borders, clearings, and second growth. Among their many habitats are humid forests, deciduous woodlands, mangroves, swamp borders, and wooded savannas. These small, plain woodpeckers forage individually, in pairs, or with a few other birds, and sometimes join mixed-species flocks. They peck and drill into bark, searching for ants, termites, beetles, and other insects. During courtship displays birds spread out their wings and tails, and swing their heads. Several subspecies exist throughout this species’ large range.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Little Woodpecker (Dryobates passerinus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: