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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus


Pigeon sized woodpecker of the Melanerpes family with bright red nape and crown, black and white barred back and wings with a light tan breast and reddish belly. While the male sports an entirely red crown, the female has a grey cap with red nape. Not to be confused with the Red-headed Woodpecker which sports an entire head of crimson red plumage. These Woodpeckers seem to be somewhat territorial and will readily chase away other Woodpeckers and other species of birds that get too close to their preferred feeding spots.


Found in suburbs, parks and open woodland areas. Fairly common in southeastern Michigan.


Photographs 1-5 show the male Red-bellied Woodpecker while Photo 6 shows the female.

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triggsturner 7 years ago

Brilliant! Great series and well deserved SOTW.

outsidegirl0 7 years ago

great SOTW! :)

medusasnakes123 7 years ago

Wow! Look at the female's eyes. How pretty.

medusasnakes123 7 years ago

What stunning pictures!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 7 years ago

Excellent presentation, Miguel, and on top of that...great photography. Well done!

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Really beautiful and precious.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 7 years ago

Great shots man!!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Lovely series! Congrats!

AmolPandit 7 years ago

Beautiful shots !! I had pleasant morning after looking at this....Thanks

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Congrats Miguel! Great series.

LisaPowers 7 years ago

Congrats Miguel.Denyer! This spotting has been chosen by our PN Rangers as our PN Spot of the Week!

Beautiful spotting!

Awesome series Miguel,congrats and thanks for sharing

Francisco Ramírez
Francisco Ramírez 7 years ago

Amazing shots !!!

InêsVeloso 7 years ago

phenomenal pictures! congrats :)

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Milford Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Spotted on Feb 28, 2016
Submitted on Mar 6, 2016

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