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Red-headed Woodpecker

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

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker.

La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper

Gr. eruthros red
Gr. kephale head
Gr. -kephalos headed

Painting of red-headed woodpecker male adult and juvenile perched on heavy fencing beams.

Nine to ten inches long. Crimson-red head, neck and upper breast. White lower breast and under side. Black back, upper wings, and tail. Broad white band on lower wings. Colors distinctly separate and contrasting.

USGS map shows red-headed woodpeckers range throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains and southern Canada.

Red-headed woodpeckers inhabit forests, groves, and small stands, sometimes solitary trees in the open prairies and farms throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains and southern Canada.

They search trees for insects and perch on fence posts in wait for passing insects to eat, which they catch in flight like flycatchers.

They store acorns, beech nuts and grasshoppers wedged in bark crevices, tree cavities, fence post cracks, in barns, between wood roof shingles and various other nooks and crannies. They also feed on berries.

Feed red-headed woodpeckers various nuts and seeds such as peanuts, beechnuts, black oil sunflower seeds, pieces of apples and oranges and suet in winter.

Red-headed woodpeckers nest in cavities which they excavate in partially decayed trees or telephone poles and they nest in open sheds and bird houses.

Painting of red-headed woodpeckers on dead tree trunks with field and hills in the background.

Females lay four to six, more or less, white eggs on soft wood chips at the bottom of their cavities. Eggs hatch after about two weeks of incubation and young leave the nest in another four weeks.

The Red-headed Woodpecker Birdhouse (same as for the Golden-fronted Woodpecker and Hawk Owl) has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings..

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount out of reach on a tree on a woodland edge or clearing.

Place a bed of wood chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

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Painting of red-headed woodpecker male adult and juvenile perched on heavy fencing beams.

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

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker.

La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper

Gr. eruthros red
Gr. kephale head
Gr. -kephalos headed

Nine to ten inches long. Crimson-red head, neck and upper breast. White lower breast and under side. ​Black back, upper wings, and tail. Broad white band on lower wings. Colors distinctly separate and contrasting.

USGS map shows red-headed woodpeckers range throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains and southern Canada.

Red-headed woodpeckers inhabit forests, groves, and small stands, sometimes solitary trees in the open prairies and farms throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains and southern Canada.

Painting of red-headed woodpeckers on dead tree trunks with field and hills in the background.

They search trees for insects and perch on fence posts in wait for passing insects to eat, which they catch in flight like flycatchers.

They store acorns, beech nuts and grasshoppers wedged in bark crevices, tree cavities, fence post cracks, in barns, between wood roof shingles and various other nooks and crannies. They also feed on berries.

Feed red-headed woodpeckers various nuts and seeds such as peanuts, beechnuts, black oil sunflower seeds, pieces of apples and oranges and suet in winter.

Red-headed woodpeckers nest in cavities which they excavate in partially decayed trees and sometimes telephone poles.

They also nest in open barns and sheds and in bird houses.

Females lay four to six, more or less, white eggs on soft wood chips at the bottom of their cavities. Eggs hatch after about two weeks of incubation and young leave the nest in another four weeks.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Red-headed Woodpecker Birdhouse

The Red-headed Woodpecker Birdhouse (same as for the Golden-fronted Woodpecker and Hawk Owl) has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings..

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Select to view or print plans and dimensions for red-headed woodpecker birdhouse.

Red-headed Woodpecker Birdhouse Plans

Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount out of reach on a tree on a woodland edge or clearing.

Place a bed of wood chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

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Red-headed Woodpecker

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

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker.

La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper

Gr. eruthros red
Gr. kephale head
Gr. -kephalos headed

Painting of red-headed woodpecker male adult and juvenile perched on heavy fencing beams.

Nine to ten inches long. Crimson-red head, neck and upper breast. White lower breast and under side. Black back, upper wings, and tail. Broad white band on lower wings. Colors distinctly separate and contrasting.

USGS map shows red-headed woodpeckers range throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains and southern Canada.

Red-headed woodpeckers inhabit forests, groves, and small stands, sometimes solitary trees in the open prairies and farms throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains and southern Canada.

They search trees for insects and perch on fence posts in wait for passing insects to eat, which they catch in flight like flycatchers.

They store acorns, beech nuts and grasshoppers wedged in bark crevices, tree cavities, fence post cracks, in barns, between wood roof shingles and various other nooks and crannies. They also feed on berries.

Feed red-headed woodpeckers various nuts and seeds such as peanuts, beechnuts, black oil sunflower seeds, pieces of apples and oranges and suet in winter.

Red-headed woodpeckers nest in cavities which they excavate in partially decayed trees or telephone poles and they nest in open sheds and bird houses.

Painting of red-headed woodpeckers on dead tree trunks with field and hills in the background.

Females lay four to six, more or less, white eggs on soft wood chips at the bottom of their cavities. Eggs hatch after about two weeks of incubation and young leave the nest in another four weeks.

The Red-headed Woodpecker Birdhouse (same as for the Golden-fronted Woodpecker and Hawk Owl) has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings..

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount out of reach on a tree on a woodland edge or clearing.

Place a bed of wood chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

Visit the Red-headed Woodpecker Birdhouse Page

Red-headed Woodpecker Birdhouse

Select to view or print plans and dimensions for red-headed woodpecker birdhouse.

Red-headed Woodpecker Birdhouse Plans