||Varies by species but most species' males have some red on the head and most have various patters of black and white bodies.
||Seven to fifteen inches in length
||Found throughout U.S.
Twenty one species of woodpeckers inhabit the United States.
These birds are federally protected and cannot be destroyed.
Woodpeckers usually peck at dead or diseased trees/limbs, but
they have also been known to peck at buildings, siding, metal
and/or air conditioners. Woodpeckers peck in order to find food,
excavate areas for nesting, or create room for food storage. These
birds can have two or three broods per year, each with three to six
Found mostly in or on the edge of wooded areas due to food
prevalence and preference for living in or near trees. They can
nest in structures, fences, poles, and sign posts.
Damage caused by woodpeckers in structures can range from holes
in wood to damaged siding and air conditioning units, making
woodpecker management vital.