Like other sapsuckers, Williamson’s Sapsuckers do not visit bird feeders but may be seen in certain backyards if you know where to look. Juveniles have brown feathers on the head for their first year. They do not migrate and are also very common in the winter time. Of those 22 species we’ve determined that there are 9 species of woodpeckers in Colorado. Uncommon in backyards, Williamson’s Sapsuckers are primarily found in the forests of the Rocky Mountains and westward from there. Tail is black with white outer tail feathers. Females only have a red crown. Most woodpeckers feed on wood-boring insects, insects on trees and the ground, vegetable matter, berries or tree sap. The color designation refers to the under the wing color of their tail and wing feathers. Having trouble with woodpeckers drumming on your house, and even causing damage? Males and females look the same, with white chins extending up just below the eyes and gray-brown caps. Williamson’s Sapsuckers inhabit the mountain areas of the West, including the Rocky Mountains, the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada. Look for them at the backyard feeder. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. The picture at the top of the page shows a Red-bellied Woodpecker, one of the east of the Rocky mountain species. Red-headed woodpeckers rank as the most wide spread of the Melanerpes species, with a presence in almost every state from the Rocky Mountains and destinations east. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'wildlifeinformer_com-leader-1','ezslot_11',112,'0','0']));The Hairy Woodpecker is also a year-round resident to Colorado and the majority of the United States. Its bill is long and solid, and it has long toes and talons. They prefer damaged, old growth forests with lots of dead or even burned trees where they can extract insect larvae and mine for bugs easily. Head has a conspicuous white cheek mark and yellow crown. The picture highlights the most important caveat, they have a larger bill than the Downy. Everything that is written about the Downy Woodpecker can be written about the Hairy Woodpecker with few caveats. They are easy to bore holes in and have plenty of insect larvae for them to eat. Black-backed Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with black back, black wings with white spots on flight feathers, barred flanks, white underparts. The picture shows another of the woodpecker’s special features. The 9 woodpeckers in Colorado The 9 species of woodpeckers found in Colorado are the Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, and the Northern Flicker. Here you’ll find facts, common questions, and general info about all kinds of wildlife and exotic pets. A furtive woodpecker mottled with off-white and black. Length: 8.3-9.1 in Weight: 1.6-2.4 oz Wingspan: 14.6-15.3 in. The smallest and most common Picoides, the Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) adapts equally well to most wilderness and residential areas with trees. The northern flicker is the most common member of the woodpecker family in Colorado. Many believe that because of the name, sapsuckers will “suck” the sap from the tree, when they actually sip on it with their long tongues from the sapwells that they make. is a site that’s all about wild animals and nature. (Here’s What You Should Know), 8 Exotic Pets That Can Be House Trained (With Pictures). Length: 11.0-12.2 in Weight: 3.9-5.6 oz Wingspan: 16.5-20.1 in. Black bill is long and stout. They are also considered to be among the most skilled flycatchers when it comes to woodpeckers and will commonly store live insects that they catch in tree bark for later. It might take a bit of searching, however you can find them at the Rocky Mountain National Park. Legs and feet are gray. Several of these are year-round residents to Colorado while others just live there part time. They have a straight, chisel-like bill, blocky head, wide shoulders, and straight-backed posture as they lean away from tree limbs and onto their tail feathers. They are not known to be common backyard feeder birds, only occasional. Woodpeckers will use bird baths like any other birds so have a water source available, preferably with a water mover or solar fountain to help attract them. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'wildlifeinformer_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_7',111,'0','0']));Length: 7.1-10.2 in Weight: 1.4-3.4 oz Wingspan: 13.0-16.1 in. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'wildlifeinformer_com-leader-4','ezslot_17',113,'0','0']));Length: 9.4 in Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz Wingspan: 13.0-16.5 in. While they do occasionally visit feeders, they mostly eat ants from the ground by picking through leaves and dirt and snatching them with their long tongues. Physically, the name red-bellied can be a bit misleading because the stomach feathers have barely a hint of red to them. Ever since I was a kid I've loved learning about wildlife. Black-backed Woodpecker: Small woodpecker with black back, black wings with white spots on flight feathers, barred flanks, white underparts. Even though they find their food on the ground, they do drum on trees often as a form of communication. Of special interest is that males and females diverge in their physical appearance. Consider putting up a suet feeder as well as offering black sunflower seed. It’s very easy to identify in its East Coast territories. The most common species such as Downy Woodpeckers and Flickers have bridged the divide. Both males and females share this feature. Aside from the ants they will eat other invertebrates as well as berries, sunflower seeds, and thistle.