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Downy Woodpecker?

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Hard to say for sure without seeing the tail feathers. A Downy woodpecker would have black spots on the outside tail feathers that are white. That being said, the beak looks a little long for Downy. My guess is Hairy woodpecker.

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Actually my first guess may have been incorrect. Downy and Hairy don’t have streaked or spotted bellies. This could be a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker.

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It looks a little exotic to be either a Hairy or a Downy.  Very speckled breast, and wings too.

 You're in Texas so I'm not familiar at all with the possibilities there.  Ladder-backed?

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16 minutes ago, Bee_ keeper said:

Ladder-backed?

I like female Ladder-backed.  Distinct white spots on the wings, blurred black ones on the breast, facial markings, range.

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Yes, this is definitely a Ladder-backed Woodpecker. There is no other species of woodpecker in North America that has black-and-white stripes that go all the way up the back.

Downy Woodpeckers would have a black back with a vertical white stripe (not a "ladder-back") and lack markings on the breast/belly (at least not melanistic ones).

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