The Red-Headed Woodpecker has several colorful nicknames, including flag bird, jelly coat, patriotic bird and shirttail bird.
Scientific Name: Melanerpes erythrocephalus.
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.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.