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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Piciformes
Family:Picidae
Genus:Melanerpes
Genus species:Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:25 cm
Identification:The entire head of the red-headed woodpecker is red. The wings and tail are blue-black in color, the wing patches are white, and the underparts and rump are white.
Habitat:Groves, farms, orchards, urban areas
Diet:Omnivore: insects, spiders, earthworms, nuts, seeds, berries, fruit, small rodents, eggs, bark
Reproduction:The male does all of the work excavating a nest hole out of a tree or log. After laying 4-5 eggs, the female incubates them during the day while the male sits on them at night. The eggs hatch after 12-13 days. A single pair of woodpeckers can have one or two broods each year.
Behavior:Although they usually find prey in trees, woodpeckers can catch insects on the wing as well.
Status:No special status - populations are declining due to unknown causes
Interesting Facts:Some populations migrate while others are permanent.

Other Information

Geographic:Central North America Date:1965-11 Subjects:tree-clinging bird
Red-headed woodpecker
Melanerpes
Picidae
Piciformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata