White-headed Woodpecker

Distribution

Occur in montane, mixed coniferous forests from British Columbia in Canada through eastern Washington and Oregon to California. Its range is in the mountains of far western North America, from south-central British Columbia to southern California and inland to western Nevada and Idaho. Audubon-Important Bird Areas that support White-headed Woodpeckers year-round include Washington's Umtanum Creek Valley and British Columbia's Kilpoola Lake Area.

Description

This dimorphic species is of medium-build in adulthood, and his length reaches 9 inches (20 cm).

Plumage Details / Adults

The White-headed Woodpecker is just that—a black woodpecker with a white head. The wing stripes are spectacular, particularly when viewed from below as the bird flies. The white primary feathers form a crescent in flight, .and they can be viewed when the bird is at rest as well. The throat is also white, and his red, narrow crown patch is farther back than it is on most woodpeckers’ heads. There is a small, black stripe behind the eye.

Other Physical Details

The straight bill is black and small. The legs and feet are black. Both genders have dark eyes.

Gender ID

Females have the same colors and markings but lack the red patch on the nape.

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White-headed Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

Bill Shape
all-purpose
dagger
Eats
fruit
nuts
suet
sugar-water
sunflower-seed
Regions
british columbia
california
idaho
montana
nevada
oregon
washington
wyoming
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Habitat
mountains
Forests
Color
sheen
black
white
Body Shape
tree-clinging
Size
medium
Order
woodpeckers, barbets, toucans, honeyguides - piciformes
woodpeckers and allies - picidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern