This pair of Downy Woodpeckers was photographed at a backyard feeder in Northern Wisconsin. Many mating birds (including the House Finch), in addition to feeding their chicks, feed each other -- seemingly an act of love. The adult being fed will often cheep and flap its wings as though it was, once again, a chick. This act may also serve as a way to distribute food for the chicks. Here the female bird is feeding the male bird.
This photo was first published May 30, 2009 by City Birds.
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