A very distinctive and
elegant woodpecker, and the only woodpecker in the state with an all red
head. They are birds of semi-open country, and can often be found in and
around isolated shelterbelts and groves in the state. Unfortunately, they
are in decline throughout much of their range, and are only commonly seen in the
southeastern portion of the state.
Habitat: Isolated Groves and shelterbelts, orchards, shade
trees. Avoids unbroken forest, preferring open country, forest edges, or
Diet: Omnivorous. Eats a wide variety of
insects, earthworms, seeds, berries, fruit, and occasionally eggs of other
Behavior: Foraging technique depends upon
individual birds, seasonality, and opportunities available. Often
feeds by clambering through foliage and branches, gleaning insects from
vegetation surfaces. They will also flycatch, flying out from an
observation perch to catch passing insects in mid-air. They will feed
on the ground, hopping after insects or picking up fallen fruit and nuts.
Nesting: June and early July
Migration: Birds in much of their normal range are
permanent residents. In the northern and western edges of their range,
individuals do move towards southeastern states in the winter, but usually
don't migrate great distances.
Feeders: Suet, sunflower seeds,
cracked corn, nuts, and bread.
Birdhouses: Some will nest in
birdhouses built for
Similar Species: Generally distinctive.
Conservation Status: Has been in decline, possibly due to
competition for nest sites with European
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Red-headed Woodpecker"
Photo Information: June 28th, 2003 -- Lincoln
County -- Terry L. Sohl
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