The red-headed woodpecker is one species of bird that has been in decline in recent years. Their population has declined almost 90% since the late 1960's. Most of that has taken place in the last 30 years with an average decline of 4.6% per year. One of the main reasons is habitat loss. Red-headed woodpeckers prefer to live in deciduous woodlands with a lot of dead trees and snags. Many of these woodlands have been cleared for farming or development and the woodlands that remain are often cleared of dead trees. Red-headed woodpeckers also need clear space between the trees. Unlike most woodpeckers they get most of their protein by catching insects in mid air. In the past wild fires would help to clear out the underbrush leaving perfect habitat for the woodpeckers but with today's means of fire suppression much of their remaining habitat has become over grown making it difficult for them to find much of their food.
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