Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes carolinus

Description:  Red bellied woodpeckers have black and white barred backs and tails, and a light pinkish belly.  The males and females differ in appearance because the males' whole head and neck are red while only the females' neck is red. 

 Habitat:  While these animals prefer deciduous forests they are also found on the ground in the northeastern part of the United States.  Males tend to choose larger branches than the females in the forests as well.  During severe winters, these birds tend to migrate to places with calmer weather. 

Feeding:  A red bellied woodpecker's main course is usually seeds which allow humans to see them frequently at feeders.  Woodpeckers also often eat small insects like ants and beetles.

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