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Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Dryobates borealis

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Rare and declining woodpecker found exclusively in open pine woodlands. Boldly patterned black and white; note especially prominent white cheek and barred back. Male's namesake red spot at back of crown is tiny and difficult to see. Typically seen in pairs or family groups. Listen for high, squeaky "peek" calls and lower "churr." Does not visit bird feeders.

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