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Woodpecker Music – Birding by Ear

By Saundra McBrearty – Outreach and Volunteer Specialist

The high pitch laughter-like song and rhythmic drumming of Ohio woodpeckers are a prominent part of nature’s year-round chorus. A hiker is likely to hear a woodpecker before seeing it. So, learning to recognize the calls of this concentrated group of handsome birds is a great way to start learning to identify birds by ear. Click the links below each photo to enjoy comparing the songs and plumage of six of our common, year-round residential woodpeckers.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker







Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker




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