Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) – Woodpecker Week pt 3

A male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes caro...

Image via Wikipedia

:: So I failed pretty hard on Woodpecker week. To compensate, I’ll close out this week with woodpeckers! ::


– Scientific Classification –

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common to mature deciduous forests. They have an almost zebra-like bar pattern on their backs and a reddish-brown belly (despite the name). The red coloration of their nape is a far more conspicuous. They are about the same size as a Hairy Woodpecker. Red-bellies are more likely to pick at the bark of trees rather than drilling into it like other woodpeckers. These birds are known to take over the cavity nests of other birds (such as the Red-cockaded Woodpecker) but may have nests stolen themselves but European Starlings.

FUN FACT: “A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak.”




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s