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A few minutes ago, I saw 3 identical birds in my backyard that I've never seen before (I'm 85 y/o).They were eating from an old tree that has been dead for many years and since it cannot be removed because of the location, it is full of bugs. The 3 birds were identical (approx. 12" tall, with black shiny feathers and a very small bright red pigeon-like head). The body shape was also similar to a pigeon, only slimmer. They were eating from an old tree that fell many years ago. It cannot be removed because of the location so it is full of bugs, which the birds were eating. I live on a very isolated farm surrounded completely by woods and see all kinds of birds every day, but nothing like these. I would like to find out what kind of birds they were or where I can find out.  The Internet has been no help at all, except for your site. Thank you,

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Welcome!  My father is 85, a lifelong outdoorsman who has long enjoyed watching birds.

Please tell us where you live!  That's very useful information since many birds aren't found everywhere.  Then see if this Red-Headed Woodpecker is your bird:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-headed_Woodpecker/

if not, see if any of these other woodpeckers come close.  Be sure to click the 'See More Birds +' link under the first row of pictures.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/search/?q=woodpecker

Edited by Charlie Spencer

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Yes, please give the location you saw the bird.  It's probably a woodpecker of sorts.  Charlie S gives a good guess at Red-Headed Woodpecker.  I will go way out on a limb and guess Red-breasted Sapsucker if you live in North California, Oregon, Washington area.

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