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Common Bird Species of Northwestern Ontario

MAMMALS

FISHES

REPTILES

INSECTS

   
Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Red-headed Woodpecker

Description

Distinguishing Features - Primarily black; rump, secondary wing feathers and underbody, white; Complete head, neck an upper breast, red. Male and female indistinguishable but female is slightly smaller.

Red-headed Woodpecker Size - 22 - 25 cm (8.75 - 10 in).

Habitat

Large, mature trees in open woodlands.

Nesting

Excavates a cavity in the dead wood of a tree. Eggs, 4 - 7; white. Incubation period 13 - 15 days.

Notes

The Red-headed Woodpecker lives on a diet of insects. It also eats nuts and fruits and, sometimes, the eggs of other species.







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