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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus


Adults are mainly light gray on the face and underparts; they have black and white barred patterns on their back, wings and tail. Adult males have a red head going from the bill to the nape; females have a red patch on the nape and another above the bill. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification. They are 9 to 10.5 inches long, and have a wingspan of 15 to 18 inches.


Red-headed woodpeckers generally live in larger wood lots, and in older mature forests. They need older larger trees so they can bore a hole in which they build their nest.


This bird, finds its way to my wooded yard on a regular basis looking for bugs under the bark of many of the trees in my yard. It will also come to suet feeders set up, in the late fall, winter and early spring.

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Desmond.E.S.O 5 years ago

Awesome! Btw your copyright name is spelled wrong (williak)

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you Landmark Expert. I strive to get high quality captures of every bird no matter how ordinary. I am thrilled you enjoy my efforts to try to make the "Ordinary look Extraordinary.

williefromwi 8 years ago

A belated thank you New Yorker

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

i absolutely LOVE your bird collection willie!

Evergreen 8 years ago

Beautiful bird

williefromwi 8 years ago

I will add them when time permits me LandmarkExpert, thanks.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

yeah, if you have 2 or 1000, add them all if you wish!
i would not suggest birds such as hawks, eagles, etc. only ones common to backyards, sparrows, finches, woodpeckers, robins, etc.

williefromwi 8 years ago

Landmark Expert

Many of my spottings are of birds and many were taken in my own backyard. Do you suggest I add all of them, and if not which ones would you like me to add?

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

would you consider adding this to the backyard birds of northeastern usa mission?
thank you!

williefromwi 8 years ago

A big thank you to namitha, SusanEllison, NuwanChathuranga, antondazomb, DavidMroczkowski, EmilyMarino, and YukoChartraw. This beautiful bird, comes and spends a small amount of time in my yard, several times a week. I never tire of seeing him, and am striving for an even more impressive capture of him.

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DavidMroczkowski 8 years ago

Great picture, and when I see one in the woods they stop me in my tracks. The red is simply awesome.

antondazomb 8 years ago

sick shot

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago


SusanEllison 8 years ago

magnificent shot

namitha 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting williefromwi.

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Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Dec 1, 2012
Submitted on Dec 2, 2012

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