Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Still More Woodpeckers - The Red-Bellied

Okay, we discussed visits to the Habitat by a pair of pileated woodpeckers and many downy woodpeckers. So, let’s talk about the Red-Bellied Woodpecker.

This was the first woodpecker to be seen on a continuing basis in the Habitat. This first photo shows the red-bellied in his classic front-facing-tree-front pose. This woodpecker enjoys moving side to side around a tree trunk, which gives the impression that he is playing hide and seek.

The second photo offers proof that his woodpecker also will perch on a branch (a habit that we have seen with the downy and the flicker also).

For a long time, only males were seen. The males (seen in the first two photos) have a completely red head. The female, shown in the third photo, is similar to the male, except that she has a gray patch on the top of her head.

The fourth photo shows that the red-bellied woodpecker in deed does have a red belly. As noted at, their “reddish patch on lower abdomen is seldom visible in the field.” In addition to frequently visiting the suet feeder, they will occasionally visit the sunflower seed feeder.
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