Bird Details
Red-headed Woodpecker
Color: Black, Red, White
Size: 9.25"
Season: Year-round
Description: A striking pattern. The head is entirely red. The wings are black with bold white patches on the secondaries and tail. The white forms a shield on the back of a perched bird. The black and white pattern is similar to an Ivory-billed Woodpecker's pattern, but the Red-headed Woodpecker is substantially smaller and does not have a crest. Juvenile has a brown head. Unlike other Arkansas woodpeckers, sexes are similar.
Voice: A wheezy kweeer.
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Habitat: Hardwood forest, orchards, parks, farmland with scattered trees, and forest edges.
Interesting Fact: Woodpeckers have several physical characteristics that help them chisel at wood on trees and dig for insects. They have sturdy beaks and their long tongues consist of cartilage and bone. They use their stiff tail feathers as a brace while they forage for insects on trees and snags.
Scientific name: Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae

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