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Drawing a line southward through the middle of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas eastward to the Atlantic coast, the range of this woodpecker covers a lot of territory. And with his brilliant red head and tuxedo-like black and white body, this medium-size woodpecker and his antics are hard to miss.
Rather than excavating holes in search of insects, the red-head is an airborne hunter. Similar to the way other flying-insect hunters hunt, during warm weather, the red-head sits perched on a tree limb, watching carefully for his prey to fly by. Suddenly launching itself into the air in hot pursuit, they snatch their surprised prey in midair, returning to a nearby branch to dine. Grasshoppers can be stored alive for later dining by wedging them into a crevice where escape is impossible. At other times, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, earthworms, seeds, nuts, and berries are also on the menu. The red-headed woodpecker reserves his tree-drumming for attracting mates and defining territory!
* This sculpture is currently available as “bird only”, though a driftwood-replica base, somewhat similar to the real driftwood base it was designed for, is currently underway.