hairy woodpecker


Definition of hairy woodpecker

: a common North American woodpecker (Picoides villosus) closely resembling the downy woodpecker but larger with a longer bill

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Red-bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers love peanuts, a high-protein, high-energy food, as do other songbirds. Evan Macdonald,, "No one harmed in Christmas house fire in Broadview Heights," 25 Dec. 2017 The forest also is home to bear, coyote, deer and birds from hairy woodpeckers to red-breasted sapsuckers. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "A vast new green jewel for the region in largest-ever community campaign led by Forterra," 25 Dec. 2017

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circa 1728, in the meaning defined above

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