28 September, 2009

Red-headed Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Population Estimate: 2.5M, Near Threatened status

Range / Habitat: Year-round in pine savannahs and other open forests with clear under stories in central and eastern United States. Summers extending slightly west and north. 

Field Notes: Medium-sized woodpecker with striking red head, white body and black wings with large white squares. The only woodpecker in North America with an entirely red head and neck. White rump especially conspicuous in flight. 

Personal Notes: A common bird at Fontenelle Forest in Nebraska, where we were able to practice distinguishing by voice compared to Red-bellied Woodpecker. 

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