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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus

Description:

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 headside 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.

Habitat:

These birds mainly search out arthropods on tree trunks. They may also catch insects in flight. They are omnivores, eating insects, fruits, nuts and seeds. Their breeding habitat is usually deciduous forests. They nest in the decayed cavities of dead trees, old stumps, or in live trees that have softer wood such as elms, maples, or willows; both sexes assist in digging nesting cavities. Areas around nest sites are marked with drilling holes to warn others away.

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5 Comments

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Lovely!

salamander425
salamander425 8 years ago

Nice shots!

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 8 years ago

Thank you all.

Jack Settle
Jack Settle 8 years ago

Wow!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 8 years ago

Great pictures Donna!

DonnaPomeroy
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DonnaPomeroy

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 30, 2012
Submitted on Feb 27, 2013

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