Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head. They nest in the decayed cavities of dead trees, old stumps, or in live trees that have softer wood such as elms, maples, or willows; both sexes assist in digging nesting cavities. We do not see them often near our home here in Southeast Missouri since we live in a clearing in a large hard wood forest.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 300mm VR lens on auto focus


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  • John  Kapusta
    John Kapustaalmost 2 years ago


    Nice capture and great detail

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Penny Rinker
    Penny Rinkeralmost 2 years ago

    Perfect shot!!!!!! I have been trying for over a year to get one like this. You’ve inspired me to try harder and wait longer. Beautiful capture Byron.

  • Thank you Penny, they don’t come close here very often

    – barnsis

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

    One of my favorite birds!! She’s beautiful!!

  • Thank you Lori

    – barnsis

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyalmost 2 years ago

    Great close up

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture…love its natural feathering detail Byron

  • Thank you Larry, it was raining so the feathers were wet.

    – barnsis

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 2 years ago

    Great capture, looks like it could be in a bird book!

  • Thank you Cindy, egotistical perhaps of me but I think it is as good or better than some I have seen in the on line books.

    – barnsis

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • supergold
    supergoldalmost 2 years ago

    wonderful close up

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • JDL15
    JDL15almost 2 years ago

    Smart bird
    gr8 capture
    wonderful colours

  • Thank you John

    – barnsis

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenalmost 2 years ago

    Thats really very beautiful Byron!!

  • Thank you Ellen, they are a quite striking bird

    – barnsis

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