A small member of the Woodpecker family, (about 6 and a half inches), and have bills shorter and less dagger-like than those of other Woodpeckers. Their upperparts are barred and mottled in shades of pale brown with rufous and blackish bars and wider black streaks. Their underparts are cream speckled and spotted with brown.
Their main food is ants.
Quite a rare visitor to this country. Most sightings are of migrants on the east coast in the autumn, with an average of 250-300 birds found in most years.