Acorn Woodpecker Photo Gallery
Look for Acorn Woodpeckers along trails running through oak and mixed oak forests. Listen for their parrot-like cries and keep an eye out for trees riddled with holes.
What does the Acorn Woodpecker look like?
Acorn Woodpeckers are medium woodland-field birds. They have jet-black upper bodies and white under bodies that are streaked with black. They have white patches on each wing and on the rump. Their faces are white with bright yellow eyes. Both males and females have a red crown, but the females is less prominent.
Acorn Woodpecker Habitat
Acorn Woodpecker Facts
Acorn Woodpeckers are residents to the west's oak forests. They live in family groups. Young Acorn Woodpeckers stay with their parents for a few years after hatching. They help raise new young and defend territory. Everyone stores thousands of acorns each year. A single granary tree may have 50,000 acorns stored for winter. Biologists believe the acorns are saved for the harshest of winter days, with the birds catching insects when possible. Their call is a noisy, shrill "waka-waka-waka."