downy woodpecker

noun

Definition of downy woodpecker

: a small black-and-white woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) of North America that has a white back and is smaller than the hairy woodpecker

Examples of downy woodpecker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the hairy and downy woodpeckers, there are bigger and brighter woodpeckers happy to entertain the gardener and other nature lovers. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The percussive appeal of the woodpecker," 17 July 2019 One challenge was to discern the hairy woodpecker from its doppelganger, the downy woodpecker. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The percussive appeal of the woodpecker," 17 July 2019 When the downy woodpeckers were examined, eight out of ten did. Conor Dillon, USA TODAY, "How the brains of woodpeckers might help American football players," 6 Feb. 2018 But new research from the U.S. shows that the high-force impacts do cause a potentially harmful protein to build up inside brains of downy woodpeckers. Conor Dillon, USA TODAY, "How the brains of woodpeckers might help American football players," 6 Feb. 2018 But a downy woodpecker has set up shop in the old tree, and the chickadees and nuthatches are working over the bark something fierce. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why every writer needs a tree," 13 Sep. 2017 Outside, downy woodpeckers sounded along the slope of Chilhowee Mountain. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "American Eden," 26 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of downy woodpecker

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Downy woodpecker.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downy%20woodpecker. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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