Distribution of Red-headed Woodpeckers

(Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Range map

Source: Birds of North America Online

Reporting Red-head Clusters

Nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers are very territorial. They will defend their nesting, roosting and cache sites. Because Red-headed Woodpeckers have specific habitat needs, where habitat is good, concentrations of red-heads can be found fairly close together. Perhaps only hundreds of yards from pair-to-pair. When three or more pairs are found within a quarter-mile radius of one another, we call it a "cluster". We are tracking locations in Minnesota where clusters of red-heads exist. If you know where a cluster of three or more pairs of red-heads are nesting, let us know!

  1. Check Reported Locations to see whether the cluster has already been identified.
  2. If not, fill out the Cluster Documentation Form and send it in.

You can send the form to us via email or postal mail and we'll put it onto our reported locations map. In particular, if you're a golfer, our golf course coordinator wants to hear from you! If you're a golfer, let us know of any red-heads you see. More info here.

When reporting a location, it's helpful if you can provide the GPS coordinates. For example, 45.89765453434688 latitude and -92.96630859375 longitude. You can use this link to zero in on the location and get the coordinates.

Reporting Observations to MNBBA

You can also report your observations of Red-headed Woodpeckers to the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas (MNBBA). The breeding bird atlas is an important bird conservation project currently underway that will identify every species that breeds in Minnesota and where in the state they breed. During the project's five years, from 2009 through 2013, volunteers report evidence of breeding behavior for all the species they see. For more information go to MNBBA.org.

Here is a link to the current distribution map for Red-headed Woodpeckers in Minnesota based on observations reported by MNBBA volunteers RHWO Distribution Map. If you click on the "detailed information" link you can see where and what evidence of breeding has been observed and by whom it was reported.