A denizen of pine forests in the mountains of the Western States, the white-headed woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus) eats insects and conifer seeds. It can be found flaking away conifer bark in search of food.
This distinctive woodpecker has a black body, white head and a white patch on the wings. Males have a red nuchal (back of the neck) patch, which is missing in females.
On a recent trip to Eagle Lake (Lassen County CA) white-headed woodpeckers were abundant.