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red-bellied woodpecker (male)

Melanerpes carolinus


Melanerpes carolinus is perhaps misleadingly named because the most prominent "red" is found on its head, not its belly. The species is most prevalent in the southeastern quarter of the US but does reach southern Canada in the breeding season. This individual is a male.


Backyard balcony (suet feeder) in residential neighborhood, Springfield, Missouri, USA.

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks Venus!

CalebSteindel 6 years ago

nicely done!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Well yes in the first instance. But No Mark, actually that was the only other shot I got on this specimen. But it does illustrate the specialization of woodpecker (Picidae) tail feathers, stiffened and used to lend support in climbing and clinging to trees (and feeders!) for feeding and excavating cavities.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

I hope the onset of Spring is cheering you up. Love the 'proof of male' second shot ? :)

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Missouri, USA

Spotted on Feb 26, 2015
Submitted on Mar 28, 2015

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