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White-headed Woodpecker

By Steve Wolfe


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Think all woodpeckers drill into the trunks or branches of trees -- decaying or alive -- to find food? Think again! The White-headed Woodpecker forages for insects in the needle clusters and cones of pine trees, and, increasingly in fall and winter, for seeds. The trunks are important, though. White-headed Woodpeckers flake off the bark in search of insects and excavate their nest cavities in large-diameter conifers. Both sexes take turns incubating, males more so at night. The male and female often communicate by drumming softly both inside and outside the cavity. The White-headed Woodpecker makes its home in the mountain forests of the West.

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