Acorn Woodpecker

About the Acorn Woodpecker

Also known as: California Woodpecker, San Pedro Woodpecker, Mearns' Woodpecker
The Acorn Woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker of the New World. It is found in woodland habitat across parts of the western and southwestern United States, down into Central America.

Acorn Woodpeckers have a distinctive black, white, and red plumage pattern. Adults have a red crown with black across most of the head and white at the forehead and lower cheeks. The upper body is black with black-striped white underparts. Some say they have a clown-like appearance.

Acorn Woodpeckers are social birds, living, breeding, foraging, and hoarding in groups.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 23 November 2018
Scientific Name
Melanerpes formicivorus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Melanerpes
  • M. formicivorus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.5 to 9.1 inches
13.8 to 16.9 inches
2.3 to 3.2 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 橡树啄木鸟
Czech (Cesky) datel sběrač
Danish (Dansk) Agernspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Eikelspecht
Finnish (Suomi) terhotikka
French (Français) Pic glandivore
German (Deutsch) Eichelspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio delle ghiande
Japanese (日本語) ドングリキツツキ [dongurikitsutsuki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Eikespett
Polish (Polski) dzieciur zoledziowy
Portuguese (Português) Pica-pau-das-bolotas
Russian (русский язык) Муравьиный меланерпес
Spanish (Español) Carpintero Bellotero
Swedish (Svenska) samlarspett
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