North Louisiana Wildlife

Follow Us through the Forests and Wetlands

At A Glance

The locations in the badges are the biomes where we’ve met them (and where we think you’ll be most likely to come across them). That doesn’t mean they don’t hang out in other places. 


Species of Woodpeckers

By The Numbers

Learn more about woodpeckers in North Louisiana.


Woodpeckers who Visit North Louisiana


Woodpeckers Who Live in North Louisiana

Forests, Swamps

Yellow-Shafted Northern Flickers

Yellow-shafted northern flickers live in North Louisiana year round. These large woodpeckers hang out in trees near meadows, especially those near swamps. You're most likely to meet a flicker in a wetlands area or in your yard.

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Downy woodpecker perched on a tree limb
Forests, Yards

Downy Woodpeckers

Downy woodpeckers hang out in North Louisiana forests year round. When you meet them, they'll likely be searching for bugs in a tree.

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Male pileated woodpecker foraging on a tree trunk

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated woodpeckers live in North Louisiana year round. These woodpeckers live in forests, and you're likely to meet them first by hearing their machine like drilling.

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Mature red-headed woodpecker looking out from its perch on a dead tree trunk
Meadows, Swamps

Red-Headed Woodpeckers

Red-headed woodpeckers hang around North Louisiana year round. Your most likely to meet these pretty birds in forests near swamps.

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Male yellow-bellied sapsucker hanging from a large tree limb
Forests, Yards

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers arrive in North Louisiana in the early fall and hang out through the winter. You're likely to see these birds drilling a tree in search of snacks or hanging off a tree branch. They hang out in forests and yards.

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Hairy woodpecker drilling in a tree trunk

Hairy Woodpeckers

Like downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers hang out in North Louisiana forests year round. You'll likely meet them in the forest as they forage for food.

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Male red-bellied woodpecker looking around warily as it clings to a tree trunk
Forests, Swamps, Yards

Red-Bellied Woodpeckers

Red-bellied woodpeckers live in North Louisiana year round. These birds live in forests, especially those near swamps, and yards.

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Visit Our Wildlife

Explore North Louisiana's Outdoors.

Learn about birds found throughout North Louisiana's national wildlife refuges, Kisatchie National Forest ranger districts, state wildlife management areas, and state parks.

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