White-headed Woodpecker

Picoides albolarvatus




The White-headed Woodpecker is 21-23cm long with a small bill. It has a white head, black body and white patches on the wings. Males have a red patch of feathers at the back of the head.


White-headed woodpeckers reside year-round in coniferous forests. They prefer Ponderosa Pine dominant habitats as thier main food source in British Columbia is Ponderosa Pine seeds. White-headed woodpeckers need large trees with an open forest canopy and snags for nesting sites.


Loss of habitat due to human development
Fire suppression
Human cutting of standing dead and dying trees
Ponderosa Pine forest lost to Pine Beetles

You Can Help!

Retain standing dead and dying trees in and adjacent to open grasslands (especially trees with cavities and broken tops greater than 40 cm in diameter)
Retain healthy native plant communities and lush under story vegetation that support prey insects
Thin out young trees and seedlings encroaching on open grasslands
Consider implementing a permitted prescribed burn
Avoid frequent or prolonged human disturbance at nest sites during the breeding season (May-August)