The red-headed woodpecker is a declining species in North America. The primary reason for their decline is habitat loss. The red-head does not bore into trees in search of insects, instead they eat a mix of nuts, seeds, fruit and insects which they catch in the air. They are also pretty unique in that they are one of few woodpeckers that cache extra food for times when food is less available. Because of this they look for a habitat with a lot of old wood, which they use for caching. Unfortunately many people are quick to remove dead growth because of fire danger which limits the amount of preferable habitat which is available.
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