– Scientific Classification –
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Piciformes
- Family: Picidae
- Genus: Melanerpes
- Species: M. erythrocephalus
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.
- The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
- All About Birds : Red-headed Woodpecker
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