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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Truly a Red-headed Woodpecker

The Red-headed Woodpecker has declined in population over the years probably due to habitat loss. However the chestnut blight and Dutch elm disease outbreaks have helped provide many nest sites and foraging opportunities for the woodpeckers. They have also been sighted more and more utilizing suet feeders.

Red-headed Woodpeckers are sexually monomorphic. This means that males and females look exactly the same to our 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.

Red-headed woodpeckers are a little larger than our 6 inch Downy Woodpeckers. They are 8-10 inches long and weigh about 2.5 ounces.

In fall, many Red-headed Woodpeckers migrate south to mid-Michigan from Canada, depending on food supply. Like the other woodpeckers they eat suet, peanuts, acorns, beechnuts, pecans, and many kinds of fruits (including apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, mulberries, and poison ivy fruits).

Sources:  http://www.umich.edu/redheadedwoodpecker
 & https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-headed_Woodpecker/id

Related Articles:
There are eight woodpeckers found in Michigan. http://eight-woodpeckers.html
Photo Share: Picture of a red-headed woodpecker http://red-headed.html
Checkerboard Bird: Rare visitor to mid-Michigan feeders in winter http:/checkerboard-bird.html
What’s the best suet for Michigan wild birds? http://bit.ly/tcKasp 

Fun Facts about Woodpeckers http://bit.ly/tQ5lwt 
How do I Attract Woodpeckers? http://bit.ly/o4CLqI

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