Red-headed Woodpecker

Distribution:

The Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) are found in most parts of the eastern-central United States stretching north into southern Canada.

Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range, with most having arrived on the breeding range by late April, and having left for winter quarters by late October; southern birds are often permanent residents.
 

Description

The Red-headed Woodpecker is a small or medium-sized woodpecker. Adults have a black back and tail with a red head and neck. Their underparts are mainly white. The wings are black with white secondaries (shorter, upper "arm" feathers).

Adult males and females look alike. Juveniles are similarly shaded, but are mottled with brown.

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Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Bill Shape
all-purpose
dagger
Eats
fruit
nuts
suet
sugar-water
sunflower-seed
Regions
alabama
alberta
arizona
arkansas
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Forests
Urban
Color
sheen
black
white
red
Body Shape
tree-clinging
Size
small
Order
woodpeckers, barbets, toucans, honeyguides - piciformes
woodpeckers and allies - picidae
Conservation Status
Near Threatened