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Red-Headed Woodpecker

by Trevor E Holewinski

Red-Headed Woodpecker

( Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

distinct bird, the Red-Headed Woodpecker is strikingly lovely, showing its shades of red, black, and white.

It is just one of the most hostile family members as well as one of the most omnivorous.

Among four species of woodpecker understood to cache food for the winter season.

It is likewise taken into consideration by many to be our prettiest woodpecker with well specified shades and markings.


The is the only woodpecker in with a totally red head as well as neck (man and also woman). The back is strong black and also the bottom is white. Unique white inner wing spots and also a white rump are specifically obvious in trip. Men can be distinguished from females by the quantity of red on their head.

men, the red crown extends over the nape in ladies, red covers only the neck. Juveniles are brownish and also white without any red on their heads.

Habitat as well as Diet:

The favored habitats of Red-Headed Woodpeckers include open deciduous woodlands, groves of large trees in old areas, and also woody swamps.

Red-Heads eat bugs (ants, wasps, beetles, grasshoppers), centipedes, crawlers, berries, tiny fruits, acorns, and also beechnuts. Acorns and also other nuts (pole) compose a lot of the winter months diet.

These birds spend a good deal of their time fly capturing from revealed perches.

You can bring in these bird to your feeders by providing black oil sunflower seeds and suet.


Nesting tooth cavities are excavated in separated snags at practically ground level up to over 80 feet in the air. Red-Headed Woodpeckers likewise will certainly utilize existing tooth cavities for nesting. The 4 to 8 eggs are laid 1 each day on a bed of timber chips.

Both grownups dig deep into the tooth cavity, incubate the eggs, feed the young, and also safeguard the nest. The eggs hatch in about 2 week and also the young birds leave the nest regarding 27 days later.

A really hostile defender of nest and also area.


This species of woodpeckers are found throughout the main and eastern USA, west to the Gulf coast of Texas as well as Mexico and north to southern.

Nevertheless, populations are sparsely distributed within this variety.

Intriguing Realities:

Unfortunately, the Red-Headed Woodpecker is threatened as well as threatened in lots of places. A decline in farming and also the affiliated loss of open timbers with forest succession have actually lowered the quantity of ideal environment needed by these woodpeckers.

As with other woodpecker species, competition with starlings for nest cavities has also added to their decline.

Like Red-bellied woodpeckers, they save away food for winter months by wedging acorns as well as pests into bark as well as tree gaps for later intake.

Unlike various other woodpecker varieties, this woodpecker will commonly catch flying pests as opposed to pierce for bugs.

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