Red-Headed Woodpecker

The Red-Headed Woodpecker has several colorful nicknames, including flag bird, jelly coat, patriotic bird and shirttail bird.

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Roland Jordahl Red-Headed Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes erythrocephalus.
Family: Woodpecker.
Length: 9-1/4 inches.
Wingspan: 17 inches.
Distinctive Marking: Head and neck are scarlet; wings are black with white patches, and the underside is white.
Nest: Excavates hole in live or dead trees, fence posts or utility poles. Female lays four to seven white eggs.
Voice: Harsh “queeah, queeah, queeah.”
Habitat: Open woodlands; areas free of underbrush.
Diet: Insects, berries and nuts; acorns are a major food item
Backyard Favorites: Cracked sunflower seeds and suet.

Listen to the Red-Headed Woodpecker’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Red-headed Woodpecker Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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Red-Headed Woodpecker

Roland Jordahl Red-Headed Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes erythrocephalus.
Family: Woodpecker.
Length: 9-1/4 inches.
Wingspan: 17 inches.
Distinctive Marking: Head and neck are scarlet; wings are black with white patches, and the underside is white.
Nest: Excavates hole in live or dead trees, fence posts or utility poles. Female lays four to seven white eggs.
Voice: Harsh “queeah, queeah, queeah.”
Habitat: Open woodlands; areas free of underbrush.
Diet: Insects, berries and nuts; acorns are a major food item
Backyard Favorites: Cracked sunflower seeds and suet.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Red-Headed Woodpecker’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Red-headed Woodpecker Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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