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A Red-bellied Woodpecker leaning around a tree to get a
better look at what I put in the bird feeder 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.

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

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    Wow, great close up! Beautiful bird.

  • Thank you, Ann!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 2 years ago

    Awesome closeup!

  • Thank you so much, Rick!!

    – lorilee

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 2 years ago

    Beautiful bird and capture Lori.

  • Thanks, Mark!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 2 years ago

    Featured Thursday 13 Sep 2012

    Beautiful Work

  • Awesome!!! Thank you, Steve!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    lol…great shot :)

  • Thank you so much, Carol!!

    – lorilee

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...over 2 years ago

    Great Capture Lorilee!!!

  • Thanks, Cynthia!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Awesome close up

  • Thank you, Byron & Julie!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 2 years ago

    Even the birds are supervisors now days!!!! A wonderful capture!!! Congratulations on being
    featured!!! Bill

  • Thank you so much, Bill!!

    – lorilee

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 2 years ago

    Great capture of this beautiful bird, Lori!

  • Thanks, Marie!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    This is so sweet – lovely shot Lori

  • Thank you, Chris!!! :o)

    – lorilee

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