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Female red-bellied woodpecker. by William Brennan

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The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker of the Picidae family. It breeds in southern Canada and the northeastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas. Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head; the Red-headed Woodpecker however is another species that is a rather close relative but looks entirely different. Adults are mainly light gray on the face and underparts; they have black and white barred patterns on their back, wings and tail. Adult males have a red cap going from the bill to the nape; females have a red patch on the nape and another above the bill. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification. This little lady is normally very skittish and won’t land on the feeder if I’m nearby. This day, however, she was feeling brave. This was taken in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ.

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birds, outdoors, wildlife, woodpeckers

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 4 years ago

    Just too pretty! Thanks for adding this image to Woodpeckers from Around the World!

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 3 years ago

    Tat, tat, tat … wake up!

    Featured JUne 18, 2011

  • Thanks Barb! Very cool. =)

    – William Brennan

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