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red-headed woodpecker

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  1. a black and white North American woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, having a red head and neck.
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Origin of red-headed woodpecker

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30
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  • His head was encircled with a chaplet made of the feathers of the song-sparrow and the red-headed-woodpecker.

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    James Athearn Jones