Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker
(Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Order:  Piciformes
Family:  Picidae

Photo © Robert Royse

Red-headed Woodpecker Information

Length:  7.5 - 9.5"

Habitat:  Open country with scattered trees - such as orchards, agricultural lands, parks, residential areas. Forest edges, forest clearings, groves, open woodlands with mature trees. Favors habitat with dead trees or snags for nesting.

Diet:  Insects and their larvae, spiders, acorns, beechnuts, corn, tree sap, wild and cultivated fruits, berries, sometimes the eggs and nestlings of small birds.

  Calls & sounds of Red-headed Woodpecker

Additional Information

Red-headed Woodpecker
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Red-headed Woodpecker in Flight

Red-headed Woodpecker in Flight

© NNE and its licensors

Red-headed Woodpecker
Identification Tips

  • Sexes similar
  • Fairly large, strikingly black and white woodpecker
  • Bright red head and neck
  • White breast, belly, rump, and vent
  • Black back and wings with prominent white secondaries visible in flight and at rest
  • Black tail

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Red-headed Woodpecker Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range Map from eBird

Year-round sightings of the Red-headed Woodpecker over last 10 years