Large woodpeckers are Brown back and wings barred with black. Black crescent on upper breast. Beige breast and belly spotted heavily with black. White rump (obvious in flight). Tail dark above. Tail and underwings are entirely yellow below, and retricies and primaries have yellow shafts. Red crescent on nape. Gray cap and nape. Tan face, chin, and throat.
Adult male has black whisker
Normally length varies from 12 - 14"
Open woodlands, forest edges, wooded swamps, orchards, farmlands, roadsides, parks, residential areas.
Ants (staple), grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, crickets, and other insects; wild fruits and berries, including wild cherries, dogwood berries, sumac fruit, and poison-ivy berries; some seeds and nuts.