Woodpeckers in Texas

Woodpeckers are quite widespread in the US, with over 20 native species. More than half of all these species are found in Texas, one of the US states most woodpeckers call home. The largest species in the US, the Pileated woodpecker, and the smallest, the downy woodpecker, are both found in Texas.

The Piney Woods temperate coniferous forests in Eastern Texas are home to most of the state’s woodpeckers. Species found in these regions include the downy, hairy, red-billed, and pileated woodpeckers, northern flicker, and yellow-bellied sapsucker. Indeed, the red-billed woodpeckers are found throughout the state in its northern, southern, and central parts.

Woodpeckers in Texas (TX)

Different Types of Woodpeckers Found in Texas

  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker
  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker

The ivory-billed species is classified as critically endangered by the IUCN and has not been sighted in Texas in the last 50 years. The red-cockaded woodpeckers are another endangered species found only in a small part of the country, including the Piney Woods region in eastern Texas. The red-breasted sapsucker is also rare in the state, though its federal conservation status is ‘least concern.’

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