Red-headed Woodpecker

(Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

NT - Near Threatened

Red-headed Woodpecker

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon migrant and breeder

Habitat

Open decidouos woodlands, river edges, roadsides with groves of trees

Size

9 to 9½ in length

17 wingspan

     
 

 

  Photo by Bill Reynolds
 
Identification

 

 
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Food

 

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Late March to late October

 
Comments

Subspecies
Some authorities recognize two or three subspecies, but this separation is generally considered unwarranted. Under this classification, only Melanerpes erythrocephalus erythrocephalus has a range extending into Minnesota.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Piciformes (woodpeckers and relatives)

 

Family:

Picidae (woodpeckers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Kate Fitzgerald
       

I hadn’t seen a red headed woodpecker for many years, so when I moved to Mower County I was thrilled to start seeing them again.

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Joan Rock
       

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This bird has been hanging around our backyard feeders this afternoon. This is the best picture I could get – he/she was a little camera shy.

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Uploaded on Feb 23, 2009

The bold, bright pattern of the Red-headed Woodpecker makes it a favorite among birders.

 
     

 

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Uploaded on Nov 20, 2007

Drilling a hole in a dead maple tree at Chinquapin Park, Alexandria, VA, this bird has been seen consistently at this location since Nov. 15, caching acorns for the winter.

   
       
  Red Headed Woodpecker up close
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Uploaded on Dec 12, 2008

the redheded woodpecker up close on the north shores of lake erie

   
       
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Published on May 5, 2012

"Red-Headed Woodpecker" in Virginia with its call.

   
       
  Red-headed Woodpecker (Picidae: Melanerpes erythrocephalus) Nest
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 1, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (01 July 2009).

   
       
  Red-Headed Woodpecker
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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2008

Red-headed Woodpacker at work.

   
       

 

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Gerry Timm
5/15/2020

Location: Orono MN

feeding at my feeder for days.


Steve Hettig
9/16/2019

Location: Renville County corner of 670th Ave.  and 440th Street

adult


Block
9/14/2019

Location: Le Center, MN

I saw two of them and they came to our birdfeeder today. First time I’ve seen them.


Luciearl
2/12/2019

Location: Cass County

Red-headed Woodpecker


Kate Fitzgerald
7/11/2018

Location: Lake Louise State Park, Mower County

I hadn’t seen a red headed woodpecker for many years, so when I moved to Mower County I was thrilled to start seeing them again.

Red-headed Woodpecker


Joan Rock
5/24/2017

Location: Redwood County

Spring visitor

Red-headed Woodpecker


JPar
5/18/2017

Location: Rochester, MN

This bird has been hanging around our backyard feeders this afternoon. This is the best picture I could get – he/she was a little camera shy.

Red-headed Woodpecker


Joan Rockfield
5/8/2017

Location: Redwood Falls MN

This bird came to our tray feeder one spring day.
It stayed all day, eating all day. The next day, it was gone.

 
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