Downy x Hairy Woodpecker (hybrid)

Downy x Hairy Woodpecker (hybrid)

Dryobates pubescens x villosus

Status: Accidental in spring

Record: The single record is of a female at Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff Co 6 and 21 Apr 2020 (Leukering, Mlodinow;

Comments: There are seven records of this hybrid, one from Connecticut, two from southern California, three from eastern Colorado and one from Nebraska (, accessed Feb 2021).

Hybridization of Hairy and Downy woodpeckers was discussed by Mlodinow et al (2015).

Excellent descriptions and photographs of the California birds can be found at and


Photograph (top) of a Downy x Hairy Woodpecker (hybrid) at Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff Co 21 Apr 2020 by Steven Mlodinow.

Literature Cited

Mlodinow, S.G., T. Leukering, T. Brooks, and N. Moore. 2015. Apparent hybrid Downy Woodpecker x Hairy Woodpecker in Colorado. Western Birds 46: 2-7.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2021.  Downy x Hairy Woodpecker (hybrid) (Dryobates pubescens x villosus). In Birds of Nebraska — Online.

Updated 24 February 2021