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Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Picoides borealis ORDER: PICIFORMES FAMILY: PICIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

One of the few bird species endemic to the United States, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker is a bird of mature southern pine forests. Its preference for longleaf pine and the destruction of that habitat have resulted in the woodpecker becoming an endangered species.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized woodpecker.
  • Black and white coloration.
  • Large white cheek patch.
  • Black back barred with white.
  • Black cap.
  • Black mustache and neck streak.

Immature Description

Juvenile resembles adult, but black is duller. Crown flecked with white, may have red patch in center, especially on males.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Downy and Hairy woodpeckers have white in the middle of the back and lack the white cheeks.
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker lacks the white cheeks and has a white stripe up its sides.