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Dee Stewart

Stow, MA, USA


We have a downy woodpecker coming to our feeder that has dull yellow feathers everywhere a normal downy woodpecker would have white feathers. We’d love to have an explanation for this.



“yellow” Downy Woodpecker

"yellow" downy woodpecker

3 replies on ““yellow” downy woodpecker”

Texas Bird Family says:

I believe he might be melanistic

Ava says:

No, melanism is where there is an increase of melanin which causes black or darker areas on an animal’s body.
I know I’ve seen a name for this condition before I just can’t remember it.

Linda and John Neville Jr. says:

We have a male and female at our suet also this year May 2023! In Clarksburg, MA.

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