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Red headed woodpecker facts: Did you know they store food in bark?


Red headed woodpecker storing corn in bark of tree. Photo by Carl R. Sams II.

Do you know that red headed woodpeckers store food in the bark of trees? The red headed woodpecker, one of the birds featured in our new book Tea with Lady Sapphire: Sharing the Love of Birds, is a quite interesting bird that seeks out dead or dying trees and stumps for nesting sites.

The red headed woodpecker is the only woodpecker known to cover stored food with wood or bark. It hides insects and seeds in cracks in wood, under bark, in fence posts, and under roof shingles, according to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds.

Here’s an interesting fact: The Red-headed Woodpecker benefited from Dutch elm disease as the dead trees provided nest sites for the woodpeckers, according to the The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds. Listen to the sounds of a red headed woodpecker.

Learn more about red headed woodpeckers.