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A variety of birds visit our bird feeder placed in our backyard. I was taking pictures of a Bluebird when this awesome Woodpecker came along.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker, (Melanerpes carolinus), is a medium-sized
woodpecker of the Picidae family. It breeds in southern Canada and the
northeastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far
west as Texas. Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most
prominent red part of its plumage is on the head; the Red-headed
Woodpecker however is another species that is a rather close relative
but looks quite different.
Adults are mainly light gray on the face and underparts; they have black and white barred patterns on their back, wings and tail. Adult males have a red headside going from the bill to the nape; females have a red patch on the nape and another above the bill. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification. They are 9 to 10.5 inches long, and have a wingspan of 15 to 18 inches.