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  • Name:Acorn Woodpecker
  • Species:Melanerpes formicivorus
  • Order:Piciformes
  • Family:Picidae

Acorn Woodpecker

Appearance

Adult Appearance

  • Medium-sized woodpecker
  • black back and chest
  • head is black, white, and red

Male Description

red from nape to red forhead

Female Description

rear of crown is red. Forhead white, sperated from red by black area

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult male, but with dark eye.

Measurements

Both Sexes
Length
7.5–9.1 in

19–23 cm

Wingspan
13.8–16.9 in

35–43 cm

Weight
2.3–3.2 oz

65–90 g

Habitat

Oak and pine-oak woodlands, generally in mountains. Common in urban parks and suburban areas where oaks are common.

Food

Insects, acorns, sap, and fruits.

Nesting

Nest Description

Nest in cavity in tree or tree limb. No structure, but wood chips in bottom of cavity.

Nesting Facts

Clutch Size:
2–8 eggs
Egg Description
White.
Condition at Hatching
Naked and helpless

Behavior

Captures insects by flycatching high above tree canopy or by gleaning off tree limbs. Huge numbers of acorns stored in holes in trees.

Conservation

Common. Populations stable.

Least concern

Range Map

Acorn Woodpecker Location map

References

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Acorn_Woodpecker/id