Search for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers

These endangered birds live in ancient longleaf pines that rise tall above the rest of the forest. You'll find them in all of our National Forests in Florida. Our biologists mark their nesting trees with white bands of paint, so it's easy to spot the trees.

Red-cockaded woodpeckers only like to live in trees that are almost 100 years old or more.

Stand beneath a nesting tree and you'll see drippy stuff that looks like candle wax on the pine bark. That's from the woodpeckers pecking away at the nesting hole to make the pine sap run down the tree trunk, which helps protect their babies from snakes and other creatures trying to get into the nest.

Here's what red-cockaded woodpeckers sound like when they chatter in the pines over your head.

Red-cockaded woodpecker nest
(an artificial hole)
Red-cockaded woodpecker way up high in a longleaf pine. Use binoculars!
Artificial nest for red-cockaded woodpeckers Red-cockaded woodpecker on longleaf pine