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Merlin Bird ID

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    Red-headed Woodpecker Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Red-headed Woodpeckers are medium-sized woodpeckers with fairly large, rounded heads, short, stiff tails, and powerful, spike-like bills.

      Relative Size

      Smaller than a Northern Flicker; about the size of a Hairy Woodpecker.

      Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.5-9.1 in (19-23 cm)
        • Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz (56-91 g)
        • Wingspan: 16.5 in (42 cm)