The name Red-Bellied Woodpecker is misleading, for the red patch on its belly is rather faint. It occasionally feeds in southern orange groves, but makes up for this by eating quantities of destructive insects.
Scientific Name: Melanerpes carolinus.
Length: 9-1/4 inches.
Wingspan: 16 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Zebra-striped back, red nape and a reddish tinge on belly. The male also has a red crown.
Nest: Pair excavates nesting cavity in an old stump or tree; then the female lays three to eight white eggs.
Voice: Loud, harsh “quirr” sound.
Habitat: Wooded areas, residential areas with trees and shrubs.
Diet: insects, acorns and berries.
Backyard Favorites: Birdseed and suet; may also drink sugar water.
Bird Song & Range Map
Listen to the Red-Bellied Woodpecker’s song and learn where to spot them!
Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.