- Name:Acorn Woodpecker
- Species:Melanerpes formicivorus
- Medium-sized woodpecker
- black back and chest
- head is black, white, and red
red from nape to red forhead
rear of crown is red. Forhead white, sperated from red by black area
Juvenile similar to adult male, but with dark eye.
- 7.5–9.1 in
- 13.8–16.9 in
- 2.3–3.2 oz
Oak and pine-oak woodlands, generally in mountains. Common in urban parks and suburban areas where oaks are common.
Insects, acorns, sap, and fruits.
Nest in cavity in tree or tree limb. No structure, but wood chips in bottom of cavity.
- 2–8 eggs
- Egg Description
- Condition at Hatching
- Naked and helpless
Captures insects by flycatching high above tree canopy or by gleaning off tree limbs. Huge numbers of acorns stored in holes in trees.
Common. Populations stable.