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Red-headed Woodpecker - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by KC Foggin
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, November 2005
Melanerpes erythrocephalus


21 - 24 cm (8¼-9½in)

  • Red head
  • Blue-black back
  • White under parts
  • Wings black with white inner patches
  • White rump.


Mid- to eastern United States. Summer range extends to the Canadian border, but winters more southerly in the range. Uncommon in northeast.

Photo © by etow
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Ohio November 2005


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies brodkorbi and caurinus are not generally recognised[2]


Mature mixed deciduous and hardwood forests, woodlands with dead trees.


Prefer open deciduous woods, preferably with plenty of oaks nearby.


Photo © by CurtMorgan
Old Troy Rd, Albany, New York, November 2015

Their varied diet consists of animal matter during the spring, moving on to seeds and plant material in the winter months.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)

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