The Red-headed Woodpecker Is Not As Common As It Once Was

The Red-headed Woodpecker Is Not As Common As It Once Was

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Red-headed Woodpecker

They used to be very common throughout the eastern US, but unfortunately their population has been decreasing! Too much clearing of dead trees which they use as nest sites has been happening. Though some areas clear out the dead trees with controlled burns to keep forest fires under control, which is a good thing, so I’m not sure what can be done…

They live in the eastern US and Canada. Those Red-headed Woodpeckers that live in the northern areas will migrate in the winter. Traveling by day, they will only go a fairly short distance. Others not living in the north tend to be permanent residents in their areas.

One of only four North American Woodpeckers that are known to store their food. They are the only one that will actually cover their stored food with bark or wood. Their diet consists of insects, beech nuts and acorns. Unlike other woodpeckers, the Red-headed Woodpecker can catch insects in the air by swooping down on them. They will hide their seeds, nuts and insects in fenceposts, under roof shingles, in tree crevices and under bark.

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