You can't miss the red-headed woodpecker with its vibrant scarlet head. Learn how to attract the red-headed woodpecker to your yard, and listen to its song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Melanerpes erythrocephalus.
- Family: Woodpecker.
- Length: 9-1/4 inches.
- Wingspan: 17 inches.
- Distinctive Marking: Red feathers completely cover head and neck. Male and female look the same.
- Nest: Excavates hole in live or dead trees, fence posts or utility poles.
- Song: Harsh "queeah, queeah, queeah."
- Habitat: Open woodlands. Seeks out areas free of underbrush.
- Diet: Insects, berries and nuts.
- Backyard Favorites: Cracked sunflower seeds and suet.
Listen to this bird’s song