Look for red-headed woodpeckers along forest edges and in savannas, city parks, and backyards. For more on this boldly colored bird, fly over to mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
Woodpeckers prop their strong, stiff tail feathers against tree trunks for balance.
Home Sweet Hole
Woodpeckers raise their babies in holes they hammer into trees.
A spongy skull absorbs the shock of a woodpecker’s pounding. The brain is packed tightly inside so it doesn’t slosh around.
Red-headed woodpeckers hide acorns — in tree cavities, holes in fence posts, and rain gutters — to eat during winter.
Gray “Haired” Youngsters
Young woodpeckers don’t get a striking red head until their second year of life. Until then, their heads are gray.
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