Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) – Woodpecker Week pt 5

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– Scientific Classification –

The Red-headed Woodpecker is an uncommon bird that lives in open woodlands. They are a fairly social bird and may form loose groups. Juvenile birds have a plain brown head, dark bars on the white portions of their wings (the secondaries) and a whitish underbelly. The species is not sexually dimorphic, so both the male and female display a bright red head and no longer have black bars on the secondaries. Red-headed Woodpeckers can be very  territorial and even destroy the nests of other birds. The species is listed as near threatened.

Fun Fact: The Red-headed Woodpecker is one of four woodpeckers known to store food. They may even wedge live grasshoppers into crevices so that they cannot escape.

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