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LDWF - Red-cockaded Woodpecker Artificial Nest Cavity Demonstration

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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

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