17 birds with red heads, Red Finch lookalike, Red headed birds list

birds with red heads

17 birds with redheads, Red Finch lookalike, Red-headed birds list: It’s really hard to distinguish between birds isn’t it? And it’s more problematic when every bird you look at looks similar. But, seriously how hard it must be, right? Let me tell you it’s hard as there are so many kinds of red-headed birds that you will be confused so much that your brain might explode. People don’t realize that they see many varieties and kinds of birds on a daily basis. The most problematic kind of bird to distinguish between is the red-headed birds, as almost all of them look alike. The name of these birds doesn’t help either. Like, Purple Finch is not purple in color and we can’t see House Finch besides our house. But we are here for you with a guide that will help you to tell every bird apart.

1. Purple Finch

Purple Finch belongs to the finch family Fringillidae, which involves small to medium-sized finches. They are mostly found in Africa, South America, and northern hemisphere regions like  France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, and many more. These birds are 12-16 cm in length whereas their weights vary from 18 to 32 grams. The basic trick to recognizing a Purple Finch is by looking at their flanks as they don’t have steaked flanks like other finches. The male birds are kind of pink on the head region and the adults have brown tail and wings.

2. House Finch

House Finch also belongs to the Fringillidae family. It is mostly found in the North American region and some parts of Hawaii. These birds are 12.5 to 15 cm in length and their weight varies from 16 to 27 g. These birds are brown in color with a red color head and breast. Some birds also have deep gray shade in them.

3. Red Crossbill

These birds are also known as common crossbills. They are 20 cm in length and they are considerably heavy as compared to others with their weight varying from 40 to 53 grams. They are found in the forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. The males are red in color whereas the females are yellow. They are mostly bright colored like orange, red, green, or yellow.

4. Pine Grosbeak

The Pine Grosbeak falls under the large member of family Fringillidae. They are found in the jungles of Alaska, the western USA, Canada, and in Siberia. It measured from 20 to 26 cm and weighs 50 to 80 grams. Their color varies with every form. With adult males having a rose-red head, whereas adult females have an olive-yellow head.

5. Cassin’s Finch

Another small member of the Fringillidae family. They are 16 cm in length and their weights vary from 25 to 35 grams. They move in winters and can be found in the mountains of North America, Mexico, and California. The males have redhead with slight shades of pink and a forked tail.

6. Pyrrhuloxia

One of the most beautiful looking bird. It is also known as Desert Cardinal. The length is 21 cm and their weight varies from 24 to 43 grams. They are found in North and South American regions. They are grey in color with a red patch on the face, wing, and tail.

7. Northern Cardinal

This bird is also known as a redbird or common cardinal. They are found in Canada,  eastern parts of the USA, and Mexico. They are 21 to 23 cm long. The males are completely red with a black patch on the face and bib. Females are grey in color.

8. Summer Tanager

The Summer Tanager is an American Songbird. They are 17 cm long and weigh around 30 grams. Males are bright rose red-colored whereas females are orangish with shades of olive on the top.

9. Scarlet Tanager

This bird is the smallest bird in the Piranga species. It is 16 to 19 cm longs and weighs around 25 to 40 g. Males are red in color with black tail and wings whereas the females are yellow in color.

10. Western Tanager

They are found in Canada and Mexico and in some American Regions also. They are approximately 16 to 20 cm long and weigh around 25 to 40 grams. These birds have a mixture of yellow and black colors with a redhead.

11. Vermilion Flycatcher

It is a small passerine bird found in South America and some parts of North America. It is 15 cm long and its weight varies from 10 to 15 grams. The males are very bright red in color with brownish wings. Females have a combination of grey and peach color.

12. Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker is found in North America, Canada, and some parts of Pacific Coasts. These are large birds that measure around 40 to 50 cm in length and weigh around 250 to 400 grams. They are completely black in color with red and white shade on their head and throat respectively.

13. Acorn Woodpecker

These woodpeckers are found in the USA(foothills of Oregon) and in Colombia. They are 7 to 9 cm long and weighs around 60 to 100 grams. They are 20 to 25 cm long and weigh around 65 to 90 grams. The males are black in color, with shades of green on their wings and a red patch on the head.

14. Downy Woodpecker

These are the smallest woodpeckers found in North America. Their length varies from 14 to 18 cm and weighs around 25 to 30 grams. They are found in the United States, Canada, and Alaska. They are black in color with white color on the back, throat, and eye. Only the male has a red color on the head.

15. Red-bellied Woodpecker

One of the most colorful woodpeckers out there. These are mainly found in the Eastern United States, Florida, and Canada. They are 22 to 27 cm long and they weigh around 55 to 90 grams. They are mainly grey in color with black and white wings and a red-colored cap on the head.

16. Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-Headed woodpeckers are found in North America ranging till South of Canada. They measure around 19 to 25 cm and their weight varies from 55 to 100 grams. They are tri-colored birds that involve black tail and back, white frontal area, and a redhead.

17. Red-breasted Sapsucker

These are medium-sized woodpeckers that can be found in the forests on the West Coast of America. Like their name, these birds have red color head and frontal area with black wings and bars. A white patch on the wings just adds to their beauty.

Thanks for reading.

Also check – List of birds found in Virginia


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