1. Big, little and common.
One of the smallest woodpeckers is the red-headed woodpecker at seven to nine inches long. One of the largest is the pileated woodpecker, twice that size at 18 inches long. The most commonly seen and the very smallest, is the downy woodpecker that occurs pretty much all over Canada.
2. The flying checkerboard.
The prettiest woodpecker is the red-headed woodpecker, but this lovely bird is now on the endangered list in Canada. It is called the flying checkerboard because of its distinct pattern of red, white and black.
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