Male White-headed Woodpecker

Male White-headed Woodpecker

Male White-headed Woodpecker

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.

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