Red-headed Woodpecker: Medium-sized woodpecker with black upperparts and tail, and white underparts and rump. Head, throat, and upper breast are dark red. Wings are black with large white patches. Sexes are similar. Juvenile has brown-black head, throat, and upper breast, and faintly streaked underparts.
Range and Habitat
Red-headed Woodpecker: This species breeds in temperate, open habitats ranging from southern Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec south to Florida and the Gulf Coast. They are scarce in northeastern states and spend winters in southern part of breeding range from the Midwest south to Texas and Florida.
Breeding and Nesting
Red-headed Woodpecker: Four to seven white eggs are laid in a cavity drilled in a limb of a living or dead tree, mostly by the male. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by both parents.
Foraging and Feeding
Red-headed Woodpecker: Eats insects, spiders, millipedes, and centipedes, seeds, various nuts, and berries; forages by hunting from low perches, flying down to ground to pick up prey or nuts.
Suet, Sunflower Seed, Nuts, Sugar Water, Fruit
Red-headed Woodpecker: Noisy during breeding season, uttering a bold and grating "queark", "queer,queer,queer", or "kerr-uck,kerr-uck."
Red-headed Woodpecker: Red-bellied Woodpecker has barred black-and-white upperparts and much less red on head and neck.