Red-headed Woodpecker
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General description.

The Red-headed Woodpecker is a very pretty bird. Unlike other woodpeckers, the Red-headed Woodpecker catches most of its food in flight or from the ground and rarely bores hole in trees to catch food. However, during breeding season the male will drill the nest cavity to expand it to a suitable size. This bird can most often be found perching low to the ground to catch prey or find nuts to store for winter. The Red-headed Woodpecker nests in cavities in trees but will also nest in birdhouses specifically designed for woodpeckers. The Red-headed Woodpecker is declining in population due to habitat loss and competition for nest sites with invasive species such as the European Starling.

Juvenile appearance.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpeckers have brown heads and backs and their white chest is speckled with brown.

Flight pattern.

Direct with steady wing beats.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

queark or queer, queer, queer and kerr-uck, kerr-uck

Population and distribution.

Uncommon and declining.

Nesting habits.

The Red-headed Woodpecker nests in trees and lays 4-7 white eggs in May.

Similar birds:

Red-bellied Woodpecker Photo Red-bellied Woodpecker
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