- a black and white North American woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, having a red head and neck.
Origin of red-headed woodpecker
An Americanism dating back to 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for red-headed woodpecker
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