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The downy woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker native to North America. They live in forested areas across most of North America to Central America. They have an black upper body, wings and tail, with a white back, throat and belly, and white spots on the wings. There is also a white strip above and below the eye. As its name implies, this bird uses its beak to peck at trees and wood to find food and build its nest. Play the following videos to learn more about the downy woodpecker.