You Learn Something New Everyday…

You Learn Something New Everyday…

What did I learn today? I have a beautiful Woodpecker that flies from tree to tree in my backyard. I see him all the time since his colors are very bright… 

It is the Red-headed Woodpecker!

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When he flies between the trees you can see the bright white of his wings, it always seems to catch my eye…

Anyway, I was looking out he window and I saw him fluttering around looking into tree cavities. Then I looked over to my left and I saw another Red-headed Woodpecker. Oh no, I thought the two of them will not get along since they were both males (or so I thought)…

They each flew from tree to tree, checking out different tree cavities and no one was fighting or even bothering with the other. This didn’t make any sense to me, I thought for sure they would each want their own space. So I had to look on my Audubon app to find out just what was going on…

What did I learn? I learned that the Red-headed Woodpecker are sexually monomorphic, this means that both the male and the female look exactly alike!!!

Well now I assume that I have a male and a female Red-headed Woodpecker in by backyard, but I can’t be sure… there are actually a few bird species that are the same, but luckily not too many…

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