red-cockaded woodpecker


red-cock·​ad·​ed woodpecker
: an endangered chiefly black-and-white woodpecker (Picoides borealis) of the southeastern U.S. having a barred back, white cheek patches, and in the male a small tuft of red feathers on each side of the head

Examples of red-cockaded woodpecker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, finding the right kind of tree and drilling the hole takes a long time, as much as a year, for a young male red-cockaded woodpecker. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2011 Firefighters cut low-lying branches from old pine trees where the red-cockaded woodpecker nests and burned other potential fuel. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red-cockaded woodpecker was in 1810

Dictionary Entries Near red-cockaded woodpecker

red cock

red-cockaded woodpecker

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“Red-cockaded woodpecker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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