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Red-headed Woodpecker -
(Melanerpes erythrocephalus)



  • Medium-sized woodpecker
  • Bright red head and neck, black upper
         back, white rump
  • White underneath, wings black with large
         white area
  • Males and females look alike
  • Young birds have dark heads
  • 9" (23 cm.)


  • Deciduous woods, especially oak,
         woodland edges, open areas with
         a few trees

Additional Information

  • Formerly common migrant and summer
  • Occasional winter resident
  • Wisconsin species of special concern
  • Population in decline
  • Nests in tree cavities
  • Diet varied; prefers acorns or other
         nuts in winter

Comparable Species

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker

Close Up of Red-headed Woodpecker perched on tree trunk 

Back of Red-headed Woodpecker 

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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