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Red-headed Woodpecker

Melanerpes erythrocephalus


The gorgeous Red-headed Woodpecker is so boldly patterned it’s been called a “flying checkerboard,” with an entirely crimson head, a snow-white body, and half white, half inky black wings. These birds don’t act quite like most other woodpeckers: they’re adept at catching insects in the air, and they eat lots of acorns and beech nuts, often hiding away extra food in tree crevices for later. This magnificent species has declined severely in the past half-century because of habitat loss and changes to its food supply. (From eBird


Red-headed Woodpeckers live in pine savannahs and other open forests with clear understories. Open pine plantations, treerows in agricultural areas, and standing timber in beaver swamps and other wetlands all attract Red-headed Woodpeckers.

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You are welcome WetlandDad :-)

WetlandDad 11 years ago

Thanks Antonio! I've been looking around the site, and am excited with what I see so far. I will be adding more and more in the coming months as I will be spending more time outside my home and in the field. I've heard about the project before and I am glad to now be a part of it and make contributions as I see them!

interesting spotting WeatlandDad ,congrats,thanks for sharing and welcome to Project Noah :-)
I hope you like the site us much we do,there are many features you can explore,first you should read the where you have all the "rules" of Project Noah :-)
You have also a blog where we post articles from our best specialists in the diferents areas and also storys of wildlife "adventures" from our most knowened users.
There are also the chats for elp in the id process and to comment your's and other's spottings.
Attention when join local missions they have a range that is in the mission map,see first that before only can submit spotting in a mission if the photos where taken inside the mission range.
Enjoy your self,see you arround :-)

bad.medicine1209 11 years ago

Thanks for the welcome! Yes, this fella comes to my feeder on my apartment balcony daily!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Wow - you saw one at a feeder! Was this in your yard? Nice first spotting on Noah - welcome to the Project!

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Mar 4, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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