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Melissa Mayntz

Bird of the Week: Red-Bellied Woodpecker

By July 8, 2010

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This week's featured bird, the red-bellied woodpecker, often seems misnamed. While both males and females do have a light red or pink wash low on the abdomen, that particular field mark is very hard to see, especially as these birds hitch themselves up tree trunks and branches while foraging. Fortunately, the "zebra back" markings, brilliant head coloration and conspicuous behavior are all characteristic and can help you find these woodpeckers easily.

Red-bellied woodpeckers will even come to backyards, especially for suet or peanut butter. What treats tempt the red-bellied woodpeckers in your area? Share your Bird of the Week sightings in the comments!

Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Photo Christopher Drake

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July 8, 2010 at 11:05 pm
(1) Benton Jackson says:

I hear Red-bellied woodpeckers a lot more often than I see them. Their call is very distinct.

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