Medium-sized woodpecker with a red head and breast and a white spot in front of the eye. A large vertical white patch is usually visible on the folded wing. Lacks black on the breast. Sexes alike.
Juveniles are washed in brown with a darker back and a vertical white wing patch.
Breeds in evergreen and deciduous forests.
Drills a series of parallel rows to access tree sap. Note red head and breast and vertical white wing patch.
Nests in holes in trees. Males and females look alike.
Drills series of parallel rows to access sap, which it laps up with it tongue.
- Medium-sized woodpecker.
- Red head and breast.
- White stripe running up side.
Immature DescriptionJuvenile similar, but head all dark brown.
- Both Sexes
- Length: 7.9-8.7 in (20-22 cm)
- Weight: 1.9-2.2 oz (53.1-63.5 g)
- Wingspan: 14.6-16.0 in (37-40.6 cm)
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