Common in forests of the Eastern US year-round. Medium-sized, round-headed, with black-and-white barred back, pale belly and red nape; long, sturdy bill. Frequently detected by “churr” call. Prefers forests where it picks through bark for insects with its long tongue; also eats acorns, nuts and berries; often attracted to feeders. Excavates nest in dead wood; commonly invaded by European Starling. Lifespan up to 12 years. Population ~ 10 million and increasing due to range expansion.