RED HEADED WOODPECKER
NJ STATE THREATENED
While a common species in the 1700’s and 1800’s, by the 20th century red-headed woodpeckers had suffered population declines due to road strikes, competition with invasive bird species for habitats, and harvesting to provide feathers for hats. Due to population declines, the red-headed woodpecker was listed as a threatened species in New Jersey in 1979. In addition, the National Audubon Society has recognized the red-headed woodpecker as a species of special concern since 1982, and the bird is considered rare in the Northeastern U.S.