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Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: erythrocephalus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Albertville, Alabama
Fairhope, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Apopka, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Beverly Hills, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Sopchoppy, Florida
Dallas, Georgia
Douglasville, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Dixon, Illinois
French Lick, Indiana
Memphis, Indiana
Van Meter, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Utica, Kansas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cambridge, Maryland
Constantine, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Jackson, Mississippi
Mccomb, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Salem, Missouri
Alto, New Mexico
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Memphis, Tennessee
Magnolia, Texas
Troup, Texas
Delaplane, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 24, 2015, Scribbles646 from Troup, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This bird is a bit wary of people but still it is a common and attractive sight in the Piney Woods of East Texas all along U.S. Route 69 from at least Tyler in the North, to Lufkin in the South. They can sometimes be a bit aggressive towards the other small birds that frequent the territory.


On Jan 16, 2013, soingolfer from Memphis, IN wrote:

I put out a bird feeder during the 2012 summer. Our guy can along shortly after, Black Sunflower Seeds. He is still with us. A beautiful bird. Ours don't peck, they use thier becks to get into trees. They wedge them into the tight places.


On Aug 14, 2012, Chillybean from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This summer was the first time the Red-headeds came to our yard. We've had both adult and juveniles. What fun they have been, especially since we have been hearing that their numbers are declining. We do not have the dead trees they prefer nesting in, but we sure have food. They are enjoying the peanuts and suet.

It has been pretty funny watching them store peanuts on the TOP of the utility poles. I suppose it's a safe place, but one that could get a little wet when it rains.


On Dec 31, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Although I have never been graced with this specie in my own yard, they are common visiters to the many orchards that my neck of the woods is known for.


On Apr 12, 2010, WineofLife from Salem, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

We have had several Redheaded Woodpeckers in our yard over the years. One likes to try to Drill a hole in the Metal Transformer box on our light pole. He hasn't succeeded yet! Not for lack of trying though! We'll hear him and say There's Woody!! LOL


On May 18, 2009, dwelpgarden from Beverly Hills, FL wrote:

Two red headed woodpeckers were seen outside our window this morning. They were flitting from the trees to the ground. Another bird seemed to be bothering them.
They were too quick for my camera. Perhaps another time. I e-mailed a shot I had taken in the mist earlier to my son in TN and he was happy to see that they were around. Are they becoming hard to find?