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Uploaded on Feb 8, 2012
The RCW has very narrow habitat requirements. It requires pines at least 60-years old (preferring 80-100-year old trees which are infected with red heart fungus). RCWs cannot persist in the long term without suitable cavity trees and adequate foraging habitat.
As part of the active management of RCW in Louisiana, Eric Baka, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, RCW Safe Harbor Coordinator demonstrates the procedure for installing an RCW artificial nest cavity.
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Identification: Relatively small woodpecker Back and wings black with prominent white bars Crown, nape and back of neck are black and there is a black line from the bill down to side of neck Cheeks, side of neck and throat are white and has a white eyebrow line Tail is black with white on the outer feathers Underparts white with black streaks on flanks Males with inconspicuous red marks on sides of crown ("cockades") Immatures brownish and may have red on center of crown Bill and legs black Adults up to 22 cm total length