Red- Cockaded Woodpecker

By Anna Yeakey

Background and Extinction

The Red- Cockaded Woodpecker is an endangered species. They can be found in the Pineywoods of East Texas. By 1994, only 925 woodpeckers were left in Texas. They are endangered because the open forests with big ,old pine trees are being replaced with younger, smaller pine trees. Their habitats are also being destroyed by periodical natural fires, and because the red cockaded woodpeckers only nest in pine trees, it is hard for them to survive. The US Fish and Wildlife Services Red- Cockaded Woodpecker recovery program was made to conserve the species and the ecosystem upon which it depends. Because of this organization, there has been a rise in the woodpecker population.


Red- Cockaded Woodpeckers roost (live) in holes or cavities in trees. They are very selective about where they make their homes, and will only build cavities in large, old pine trees. The females lay 2 to 4 eggs in breeding season, and unlike other birds, have families where they live together in clusters of 1 up to 30 trees.


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Red-cockaded Woodpecker-Withlacoochee State Forest-April 21-2013