Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Introduction


Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

The Red-cockaded Woodpecker, or RCW, is one of eight species of woodpeckers that occur in East Texas. It is a small black-and-white bird about the size of a cardinal.


Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Adult Red-cockaded Woodpecker at the nest cavity near sticky resin on the trunk of a live pine.
Photo by R.N. Conner, USFS

The red patches, or “cockades,” on either side of the head on males is rarely seen as they usually conceal the red until excited or agitated. The observer usually needs binoculars to see the red.


Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Adult Red-cockaded Woodpecker, captured, banded and safely released by licensed biologists for monitoring
Photo Courtesy Cliff Shackelford

This woodpecker usually does not frequent urban settings and is not a familiar backyard species. It is not likely to be observed at a bird feeder unlike the Downy and Red-bellied woodpeckers, for example.


For Additional Information write to:

Wildlife Diversity Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
or send a message to: nature@tpwd.state.tx.us

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