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Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)

Melanerpes carolinus


Red-bellied Woodpeckers are pale, medium-sized woodpeckers common in forests of the East. Their strikingly barred backs and gleaming red caps make them an unforgettable sight – just resist the temptation to call them Red-headed Woodpeckers, a somewhat rarer species that's mostly black on the back with big white wing patches. Learn the Red-bellied's rolling call and you’ll notice these birds everywhere. [Cornell]


The female like this one has a gray patch on her head, while the male's head is a solid red crown. And the male has a pinkish/red wash on its belly.

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Tom15 8 years ago

Gracias Aleja!

AlejaPatiño 8 years ago


Tom15 8 years ago

Thanks Ajwerko!

Ajwerko 8 years ago

Nice picture!

Tom15 8 years ago

Thanks Glen and Stefania!

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 8 years ago

Nice shot!

Tom15 8 years ago

Thanks Sachin and Glen. Over the past decade or so these woodpeckers have been moving north and have become common around here. We have a pair that comes to the feeders daily and eat the peanuts in the bird seed and the suet. One of my favorite feeder birds:-)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Looks so nice,,

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Groton, Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Mar 23, 2013
Submitted on Mar 25, 2013

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