Red-headed woodpeckers are sexually monomorphic. This means that males and females look exactly the same to human eyes. They have bright red heads, necks, throats and shoulders. Their wings and tail are bluish-black. They have a white belly and a large square area of white on their rump. Their bills are long and chisel shaped, which is important for drilling into trees. Young red-headed woodpeckers look similar to adults, but their heads and necks are buffy-brown instead of red.
Look for Red-headed Woodpeckers in scattered, open woodlots and in the fall as they move around they are seen more often at the suet feeders.
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