Red-headed Woodpecker

About the Red-headed Woodpecker

Also known as: Half-a-Shirt, Shirt-tail Bird, Jellycoat, Flag Bird, Flying Checkerboard
The Red-headed Woodpecker is a medium-sized species of woodpecker found in central and eastern parts of North America. It has a striking plumage of black and white topped with a bright crimson red head.

Red-headed Woodpeckers feed on a variety of items, including fruits, seeds, and nuts. Unlike other woodpecker species, they are also skilled at catching insects on the wing. Red-headed Woodpeckers are known to store food, like acorns, in tree bark for future use.

Red-headed Woodpeckers are generally non-migratory, though seasonal movement may occur depending on availability of food.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 19 January 2017
Scientific Name
Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Melanerpes
  • M. erythrocephalus
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (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
16.5 inches
2. to 3.2 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Red-headed Woodpecker is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has shown long-term declines which have continued at a moderately rapid rate owing to loss and degradation of its habitat in recent decades. Consequently it is considered Near Threatened.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 红头啄木鸟
Czech (Cesky) datel červenohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Rødhovedet Spætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Roodkopspecht
Finnish (Suomi) punapäätikka
French (Français) Pic à tête rouge
German (Deutsch) Rotkopfspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio testarossa
Japanese (日本語) ズアカキツツキ [zuakakitsutsuki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Rødhodespett
Polish (Polski) dzieciur krasnoglowy
Portuguese (Português) Pica-pau-de-cabeça-vermelha
Russian (русский язык) Красноголовый меланерпес
Spanish (Español) Carpintero Cabecirrojo
Swedish (Svenska) rödhuvad hackspett
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