downy woodpecker


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

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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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1785, in the meaning defined above

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