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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Pic à ventre roux

Melanerpes carolinus

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Species: The Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is an eastern North American bird species, whose western and northern ranges are expanding more every year. This woodpecker is becoming a more common visitor, seen at bird feeders in the winter months in Canada.

Distinctions: The male and female are almost identical. The difference being the male has a complete red crown a nape, whereas, the female has only a red nape. Although, the Red-bellied Woodpecker received its name for having red belly, the red is very difficult to see, which is located between its legs. Both sexes have black and white uniform barring down their backs and wings.

Voice: Has more of a call than a song, the male communicates to the female, by drumming on dead twigs, limbs or hollow branches.

Nesting: Four to five white eggs, one to three broods per year, depending on the regions of the birds. Larger broods generally takes place in the more southern regions. Nest are located in tree cavities, which are also used as their roost.

Birds of North America
B L W W W Family Latin Name
9.25" 23.5cm 16" 40.6cm 2.2oz 63.4g Picidae Melanerpes carolinus

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Non-migratory, although, may move in some directions during the winter months, in search for foods. Found throughout forests and forest edges. Seen from south-eastern Quebec, through lower parts of Ontario, into the central USA states, to Eastern Texas, to the Florida tip and north.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds