The Downy Woodpecker, the smallest woodpecker in North America, is a diminutive version of the Hairy Woodpecker. Yesterday, I posted a photograph of a female Hairy Woodpecker at Sax-Zim Bog. This is a male Downy Woodpecker. The red spot on its head identifies it as a male. And. when they aren’t together, so the size difference isn’t obvious, Downies can be can be distinguished from Hairies by the smaller size of their beaks.