Red-Headed Woodpecker, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, December 7, 2015
Red-Headed Woodpeckers, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, may be seen all across the eastern half of the United States. They eat insects, seeds, nuts, corn, berries and other fruit.
They nest in dead trees or dead parts of living trees near fields or in open forests. Sometimes they excavate nesting holes in utility poles or buildings. They are very territorial and aggressive in defense of their nests. Predators include snakes, raccoons, hawks, falcons, and owls.
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