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Another shot of the female Red-bellied Woodpecker at our
backyard feeders in northeast Iowa. USA

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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.

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.

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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  • vadim19
    vadim1912 months ago

    wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so much, Vadim!!

    – lorilee

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypenny12 months ago

    Another beauty

  • Thank you, Chris!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryan12 months ago

    Beautiful catch!

  • Thanks, Monnie!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesen12 months ago

    Fabulous shot, Lori!!!

  • Thank you so much, Karen!!

    – lorilee

  • AuntDot
    AuntDot12 months ago

    Beautiful capture, Lori. Wonderful to be able to see the feather details up close.

  • Thank you, Dot!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan12 months ago

    Super detail…nice work as always.

  • Thanks, Jack!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep12 months ago

    Amazing shot!!

  • Thank you so much!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumker12 months ago

    Nice close up my friend ! Well done ! Hugs

  • Thank you, Tom!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedle12 months ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks, Rick!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaams11 months ago

    Very beautiful!

  • Thank you so much, Thea!!

    – lorilee

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