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Red-headed woodpecker

Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Description:

I think this red-headed woodpecker is absolutely gorgeous. I have only spotted them three times in the last several years. I was thrilled when it came to the bird feeder this morning to get some sunflower seeds. It is the only woodpecker with an entirely red head. It has a snow-white body, and half white, half inky black wings. This magnificent species has declined severely in the past half-century because of habitat loss and changes to its food supply.

Habitat:

This red-woodpecker was spotted at Lake Waldena Resort in Silver Springs, florida.


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10 Comments

mary.gallo.m
mary.gallo.m 4 years ago

Thank you Procana for nice comment!

procana
procana 4 years ago

Love the Red-headed Woodpeckers! Such a striking bird! Great shots!

jharrisoper
jharrisoper 4 years ago

Amazing pictures. Don't see too many red-headed woodpeckers.

mary.gallo.m
mary.gallo.m 4 years ago

Thank you armadeus.4 for the nice words. Much appreciated!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 4 years ago

Beautiful bird and great shots mary! Thank you for the info and for sharing :)

mary.gallo.m
mary.gallo.m 4 years ago

Thanks Jeslowery!

mary.gallo.m
mary.gallo.m 4 years ago

Thank you SukanyaDatta. It is a nervous bird and only stayed for maybe 2 minutes.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Really beautiful. So happy it found some food at your bird feeder.

jeslowery
jeslowery 4 years ago

A beauty!

mary.gallo.m
mary.gallo.m 4 years ago

Thank you venusflytrap2000!

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 4 years ago

nice series!

mary.gallo.m
Spotted by
mary.gallo.m

Ocala, Florida, USA

Lat: 29.19, Long: -82.14

Spotted on Feb 15, 2015
Submitted on Feb 15, 2015

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