25 Red Head Birds: You Must Know About

Red Head Birds

Here Are 25 Redhead Birds

  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Barn Swallow
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Palm Warbler
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Purple Finch
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Redhead Duck
  • Summer Tanager
  • Western Tanager
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Red Crossbill
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Common Redpoll
  • Pyrrhuloxia
  • Pine Grosbeak

Northern Cardinal 

The male Northern Cardinal has a vivid red head, body, and tail, as well as black around his face. They’re stunning, especially against a snowy winter backdrop.

With their brown coloration, pointed brown crest, red accents, and red beaks, the females are likewise a bit spectacular.

Northern Cardinals are distributed in eastern and southern states, and during breeding season, they would occasionally fight their own reflection to protect their territories.

If you want to attract Northern Cardinals to your backyard feeders then feed them sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, millet, and milo.

House Finch

It was originally only found in the western United States, but now it can be found all across the nation. Red finches come in a variety of colors and sizes, although house finches are the most common in cities.

It has a medium-length notched tail and a medium-sized body. It has a conical form. Males have blood-red heads, breasts, and backs.

On wires, tree branches, and plants, small flocks can be seen. Originally, these places were deserts and grasslands. They have become very common in both rural and urban settings.

House Finches may be attracted to backyard feeders using black oil sunflower seeds or nyjer seeds in tube or platform feeders.

Downy Woodpecker

downy woodpecker

In a high, difficult-to-reach tree, the downy woodpecker can often be heard screeching or chirping. They can be found in sagebrush thickets and forested areas.

Their backs are red, their underbelly is white, their wings are black with white markings, and their heads are striped black and white. Males have a red mark on their wings, whereas females do not.

Suet feeders are preferred by downy woodpeckers, however, platform feeders provide them with black oil sunflower seeds, millet, and peanuts will also work.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

For a backyard bird, Red-bellied Woodpeckers are enormous. They’re about the same size as a Starling or an American Robin. The Northern Flicker is a smaller form of this species.

He is big and stocky, with a large head and a short tail. With their short stiff tails and robust short legs, they cling to tree trunks.

Their backs and wings have black and white stripes, and their bodies are pale grey. The males’ crown bears a protruding red nape.

Suet feeders will attract more Red-bellied Woodpeckers, who will also visit hummingbird feeders on occasion.

Barn Swallow

The wings and tail of a barn swallow are dark blue, with a reddish-brown underside and face. The tail’s long outer feathers form a deep fork.

Before moving to Central and South America to reproduce, they breed across the majority of North America.

They can be observed flying above meadows, farms, and fields in search of insects, and they build mud nests in man-made structures like barns.

Use nest boxes or cups, as well as ground-up eggshells on a platform feeder, to attract more Barn Swallows.

Hairy Woodpecker 

Hairy Woodpecker

On their backs, these medium-sized woodpeckers feature a black and white pattern, as well as a large white patch. On the backs of the males’ heads, a flare of scarlet appears.

It resembles the Downy woodpecker in appearance, although it is larger. Because they’re always in the same spots, it’s difficult to tell them apart.

They’re small, powerful bird that makes a whining or explosive peak sound and can be found at backyard feeders.

Furthermore, black oil sunflower seeds can attract more Hairy Woodpeckers to your yard, and mixing them with suet in wonderful combination of suet and hopper feeder will give you two feeders in one.

Pileated Woodpecker 


The Pileated Woodpecker is distinguished by its flaming-red triangular crest. It’s a colossal woodpecker, around the size of a crow.

When it is flying, the white underside of the wings may be seen. It’s mostly black with a white stripe running down the center. Males’ cheeks have a more noticeable red stripe.

Pileated Woodpeckers eat suet from backyard bird feeders. They eat hulled sunflower seeds, suet, peanuts, and mealworms in addition to black oil sunflower seeds. Consider creating a nest box if you want to attract a breeding pair.

Anna’s Hummingbird 

Anna’s Hummingbirds are typically found on the west coast of the United States. Males have a magenta or red-orange head and throat, but females are mostly green-gray.

Females lack the males’ brilliant head and neck and are more modest in color, however, they are still lovely.

They love open woods, especially oak forests. Because they are territorial, the vast majority will remain in a single location.

To attract Anna’s Hummingbirds, plant red blooming gooseberry, hummingbird sage, eucalyptus, and desert willow in your yard, and keep a hummingbird feeder loaded with nectar.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most common hummingbird in Florida and can be seen all year.

The males’ ruby-red throats give them their name, while both men and females have emerald or golden-green backs.

They have the look of a feathery jewel. If you happen to see some of them, and there’s a good chance you will, their exotic, gleaming colors will catch your eye.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds love to live in the forests, where they build their nests in deciduous trees like birch, oak, and poplar.

Flowers like trumpet honeysuckle, crimson cardinal flowers, scarlet beebalm, wild bergamot, and trumpet creeper may entice them to come to your yard. Traditional nectar-filled hummingbird feeders are also popular.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

The palm warbler has a rusty red patch on top of its head, a browny-olive back, and yellow below across the rest of its body.

Although they breed in Canada, they can be found in the eastern states during migration and all year on the extreme south coast and in Florida.

Warblers can be found in weedy fields, woodland borders, and scrubby regions in the spring and fall.

They are frequently seen hunting for insects along the ground alongside other birds such as Sparrows, Juncos, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

yellow bellied sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are black and white birds with a red patch on their heads and throats and a pale yellow belly.

They breed in the extreme north and Canada and spend the winter in the south. They are found in woodlands and leave a trail of small holes in tree bark where they have eaten sap with their brush-tipped tongue. They may pay a visit to suet feeders.

Purple Finch

Purple Finch resembles House Finch in appearance, with a reddish-purple head and breast and more brown on the back and wings.

They breed in Canada and spend the winter in the eastern states, but can be seen all year on the Pacific coast’s north and east coasts. They flock to feeders in search of black oil sunflower seeds.

Scarlet Tanager 

Scarlet Tanagers are brightly colored birds with red heads and bodies, as well as black wings and tails. In the summer, they reproduce in eastern woodlands before traveling to South America.

Scarlet Tanagers can be difficult to identify since they live high in the forest canopy.

Growing berry plants such as blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries, juneberries, serviceberries, mulberries, strawberries, and chokeberries can attract more Scarlet Tanagers.

Acorn Woodpecker

The crests of Acorn Woodpeckers are brilliant red, with white cheeks, black backs, and whiteish-black underparts.

Their distribution in North America is limited to a few regions in the southern states and along the California coast.

They reside in big groups in western oak woods, where they store thousands of acorns by pressing them into specially designed holes in trees.

From the tops of trees, they utter loud parrot-like squarks. They may come to eat seed from suet feeders.

Red-headed Woodpecker 

Red-headed Woodpeckers from the Central and Northern United States migrate south, whilst those from the Southeast do not.

Red-headed Woodpeckers migrate from mid-to-late April in the spring and from September to October in the fall. Migration is driven by food availability, and birds move in large groups.

Their range extends from Southern Alberta to New York State in the north, to New Mexico and Florida in the south, and to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado in the west.

Redhead (Duck)

The Redhead duck has a grey body with a reddish-brown head, black breast, and tail. Redhead may be seen gathering in huge numbers across the United States, notably near the Gulf Coast in the winter.

Reedy ponds over the Great Plains are the place they can be seen breeding.

Summer Tanager

The female Summer Tanger is yellow while males are brilliant red all throughout. They move to Central and South America before breeding throughout the southern and eastern United States.

Forest songbirds that feed on bees and wasps in mid-flight can be found in open forests. They usually capture them and squash them against the trees and then devouring them.

If you want to attract Summer Tanagers to your yard then grow berry-bearing plants.

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

A Western Tanager’s head has a flaming orange-red color, and its body is yellow with black wings. They can be spotted breeding in northern states before traveling south for the winter.

Despite their vibrant colors, they thrive in open coniferous forests, where they are hidden behind the canopy.

The Western Tanagers’ red color is most likely owing to their eating of insects that produce a pigment that they can’t synthesize themselves.

Western Tanagers may be attracted to dried fruit, sliced oranges, and other fruits from bird feeders.

Vermilion Flycatcher 

The Vermilion Flycatcher has a vivid red crest, neck, and breast, as well as a black back and wings and a black eye stripe.

They can be found all year in the extreme south, collecting insects or sitting on exposed perches in arid environments.

Red Crossbill

Male Red Crossbills have a brick red body and darker wings and tails. They can be seen throughout the year in northern and western regions, as well as throughout the winter in eastern states.

They hunt in flocks from tree to tree, eating fir seeds and breaking open cones with their strong beaks. They can be found along roadsides as well as in coniferous woods.

Cassin’s Finch 

Cassin’s Finches have a red crown, rosy pink head and breast, whiteish belly, and brown back and wings, with a red crown and rosy pink head and breast. They can be observed foraging for seeds in flocks in western highland woods.

They are not as abundant in backyards as House or Purple Finches, but sunflower seed feeders, especially in the winter, or fruiting bushes like cotoneaster, mulberries, firethorn, grape, and apple may attract them.

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsuckers travel from interior breeding grounds in British Columbia and California to the coast, where they spend the entire year from British Columbia to Baja California.

Common Redpoll

Reddish-browed Common Redpolls have rosy breasts and are brown and white on the rest of their bodies. They are more common in northern regions during the winter and less so in central states.

In the winter, they would dig tunnels into the snow to keep warm at night. They may consume up to 42% of their body weight in food each day and store up to 2 grams of seeds in an elastic area of their esophagus.

They can be found in weedy areas or on tree catkins, but they will also come to feeders for tiny seeds like nyjer seeds or thistle.


Male Pyrrhuloxias are grey in color with red highlights on the forehead, crest, breast, and tail. They live in the sweltering deserts of the southwest.

They aggressively protect their territory during the mating season, but in the winter, they may be seen in groups of up to 1000 birds.

Pyrrhuloxia eat seeds, as well as insects, and can be found at sunflower seed feeders, however, they prefer to eat from the ground.

Pine Grosbeak 

The males of the Pine Grosbeak species have redheads, breasts, and backs, with grey on the rest of their bodies and wings. They are huge finches with a modest flight speed.

You can attract Pine Grosbeaks to your yard by feeding them black oil sunflower seeds during the winter.

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