Red-bellied Woodpecker




Red-bellied Woodpecker


Red-bellied Woodpecker
(Melanerpes carolinus)

Order:  Piciformes
Family:  Picidae









Male Red-bellied Woodpecker
Photo © Gerald Marella

Red-bellied Woodpecker Information

Length:  9 - 10"

Habitat:  Primarily, mature deciduous forests; less frequently, coniferous or mixed forests; woodland edges, groves, orchards, residential areas.

Diet:  Insects such as ants, grasshoppers, and beetles. Acorns, beechnuts, corn, seeds, tree sap, wild fruits and berries.

  Calls & sounds of Red-bellied Woodpecker

Additional Information

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Description, foraging behavior, breeding, courtship, predation, conversation status, and vocalizations. (From Wikipedia)


Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Credit: Sheila Brown


Red-bellied Woodpecker
Identification Tips

  • Medium-sized woodpecker
  • Pale gray face, throat, breast, and belly
  • Back strongly barred with black and white
  • Black wings barred and spotted with white
  • White bases to the primaries appear as white crescent in the hand in flight
  • White rump and uppertail coverts with sparse dark markings
  • Dark tail with black and white barring on the central retricies
Adult male
  • Red cap extending from bill to nape
Adult female
  • Red nape patch, gray crown, and red spot above bill

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)


Breeding Bird Survey Map,
2011-2015

Red-bellied Woodpecker Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)


Range Map from eBird


Year-round sightings of the Red-bellied Woodpecker over last 10 years