Birds of St. Charles County, MO
Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker
Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Size: 9"

Male: All-red head and a solid black back. White rump, chest, and belly. Large white patches on wings flash when in flight. Has a black tail, with grey legs and bill.

Female: Same as male.

Juvenile: Gray brown with white chest. Lacks any red.

Nest: Male excavates a cavity with help from female. One brood per year.

Eggs: 4-5; white without markings

Incubation: 12-13 days; female and male incubate

Fledging: 27-30 days; male and female feed young

Migration: The Red-bellied Woodpecker can be found in St. Charles County year round.

Food: Insects, nuts, fruit, and will come to seed and suet feeders.

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