With over 22 different species of woodpecker in North America, the woodpecker is one of the most common birds. They vary in size and color, including plumage of red, black, white and yellow. The most common species of woodpecker in the United States include the Downey Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker and the Northern Flicker. Woodpeckers, no surprise, prefer wooded areas, as their food source can be found in trees. Less commonly, they can be seen in grasslands and even desert temperatures.
House sparrows are very small, most with a wingspan of only six inches. Their bodies are also tiny, only getting as big as six inches. Males’ feathers are streaked and brown with pale cheeks, as well as a gray crown and black bibbed front. Female house sparrows are paler than their male counterparts and without patterned heads. They prefer to be close to humans, inhabiting parks, gardens, fields and farmland. They eat seeds but have also been seen eating vegetable matter and insects when available.
Grackles, commonly known as the black bird, have iridescent, deep purple feathers, yellow eyes and a long tail. They are larger than sparrows, measuring up to a foot in length and a wingspan of up to 18 inches. They can weigh up to five ounces. Grackles are impartial to their habitats, commonly being found in forests, urban lands, farms, swamps and pretty much anywhere else people can be found. They eat insects, invertebrates, small fish, bats, seeds, fruits and sometimes even a full-grown bird. They aren’t picky!
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