Several species of woodpeckers have red on their heads. Only one of these is named “Red-headed Woodpecker.”
Don’t get confused! Use our identification quick guide (below) to make sure you are properly identifying woodpeckers for your Great Backyard Bird Count submissions. (Click on the birds’ names to read a more thorough species account.)
|Red-headed Woodpecker: The only
woodpecker with an entirely red head east of the Rocky Mountains.
|Pileated Woodpecker: A
large (crow-sized) woodpecker with a red crest.
|Red-bellied Woodpecker: Red cap, white
cheeks, and a zebra-striped back distinguish this woodpecker.
Red on the forehead, and males have a red throat patch.
|Downy Woodpecker/Hairy Woodpecker: Males have a red patch on
the back of their head. The only woodpeckers with white backs.