Dryobates pubescens x villosus
Status: Accidental in spring
Comments: There are seven records of this hybrid, one from Connecticut, two from southern California, three from eastern Colorado and one from Nebraska (eBird.org, accessed Feb 2021).
Hybridization of Hairy and Downy woodpeckers was discussed by Mlodinow et al (2015).
Photograph (top) of a Downy x Hairy Woodpecker (hybrid) at Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff Co 21 Apr 2020 by Steven Mlodinow.
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.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2021. Downy x Hairy Woodpecker (hybrid) (Dryobates pubescens x villosus). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org
Updated 24 February 2021