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The male Red-bellied Woodpecker in my backyard
in northeast Iowa. USA

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Melanerpes carolinus ORDER: PICIFORMES FAMILY: PICIDAE

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.

Size & Shape
A sleek, round-headed woodpecker, about the same size as a Hairy Woodpecker but without the blocky outlines.

Color Pattern
Often appears pale overall, even the boldly black-and-white striped back, with flashing red cap and nape. Look for white patches near the wingtips as this bird flies.

Behavior
Look for Red-bellied Woodpeckers hitching along branches and trunks of medium to large trees, picking at the bark surface more often than drilling into it. Like most woodpeckers, these birds have a characteristic undulating flight pattern.

Habitat
Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common in many Eastern woodlands and forests, from old stands of oak and hickory to young hardwoods and pines. They will also often venture from forests to appear at backyard feeders.

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Comments

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanover 1 year ago

    Handsome guy…super detail…well done.

  • Thank you, Jack!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture!!!

  • Thank you so much, Lynn!!

    – lorilee

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    wonderful capture!

  • Thanks, Irina!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Another excellent set of images

  • Thank you, Chris!! You’re always so kind!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 1 year ago

    Brilliant image, excellent color and detail. Great work Lori

  • Thank you so much, Byron & Julie!!

    – lorilee

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 1 year ago

    He’s a beauty!

  • Thanks, Monnie!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 1 year ago

    how WONDERFUL this is!

  • Thank you, Charmiene!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Great closeup!!

  • Thank you so much, Viv!!

    – lorilee

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 1 year ago

    He’s such a handsome fella Lori! Great close-up!

  • Thanks, Krys!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 1 year ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you, Rick!! :o)

    – lorilee

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