I finally got a shot of the Red-bellied Woodpecker with his red belly showing!!
Image taken in my backyard 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.

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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Hello! I am a wife, mother, worship leader and piano teacher. Photography is a new passion of mine. I also enjoy singing, playing the piano & flute, bicycling and the theatre! Thank you for all your kindness and support here. God bless you!

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  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 2 years ago

    Stunning well done

  • Thank you so much, Warren!!

    – lorilee

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeover 2 years ago

    wonderful capture, he is a cutie:)

  • Thank you, Robin!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 2 years ago

    This is a very difficult accomplishment! Congratulations! It is wonderful!!!

  • Thanks, Jean!!! You’re very kind!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous close up

  • Thank you so much, Byron & Julie!!

    – lorilee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    He’s a beauty Lori!! Wonderful capture by you!

  • Thank you, Sharon!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    Another beauty

  • Thanks, Chris!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 2 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you so much, Rick!!

    – lorilee

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    It’s so beautiful! Great capture!

  • Thank you, Dot!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot Lori.

  • Thanks, Sharon!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

    Sweet image, great his belly shows!

  • Thank you so much, Pamela!!

    – lorilee

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