Red-bellied Woodpecker

(Melanerpes carolinus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Red-bellied Woodpecker

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and NonBreeding

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common year-round resident

Habitat

Mature deciduous woodlands, wooded residential areas

Size

9 to 10½ in length

16 wingspan

     
     
 

 

  Photo by Kirk Nelson

Identification

The male has a red cap extending from the bill to the nape of the neck. The female has a red patch on the nape, a small red patch above the bill, and a gray cap.

 
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Similar
Species

No similar species


Food

Sometimes seen at bird feeders in the fall taking black oil sunflower seeds.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Piciformes (woodpeckers and relatives)

 

Family:

Picidae (woodpeckers)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Kirk Nelson


Female, at the feeders outside of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

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  Red-bellied Woodpecker Family Affairs
Samuel Kulp
 
   
 
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Published on Oct 8, 2012

A documentary of a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers building their nest, feeding the young, and some fledgling behavior after leaving the nest.

 
     
  Red-bellied Woodpecker
Jeff Bouton
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 10, 2014

They really do have Red bellies!

 
     
  Red-bellied Woodpecker Leaving Nest
WEGE33
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 23, 2011

This video was recorded in Eastern Massachusetts in late May. The adults are making frequent food deliveries to the nestlings who are near fledging. The caterpillars of an invasive moth that is doing major damage to our woodlands accounted for most of their diet during this period. The video was shot with a Canon EOS 7d and 600mm f4L Canon lens and is best viewed in full HD.

 
     
  Red-bellied Woodpecker calling from his Nest ~ April 20, 2013 ( in HD )
my35Xvision
 
   
 
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Published on May 26, 2013

Red-bellied Woodpecker calling from his Nest ~ April 20, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/user/my35Xvision -- back to my channel

Filmed by my35Xvision in Duke Island Park on 4/20 2013

Red-bellied Woodpecker:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-bellied_Woodpecker

 
     
  Red bellied Woodpecker - February 6, 2014
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 6, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Wilderness Garden, Gagnon Wildlife Habitat, Pottersville, Somerset, Massachusetts, Thursday morning, February 6, 2014, 7:00 AM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_72598; 1:14 min.

 
     

 

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John & Susan
12/4/2015

Location: Louisville Twp. (Shakopee area)

Beautiful red naped/capped male came to bird feeders.


John Hanson
11/21/2015

Location: 5 miles south of Rochester, Mn

feeding on my suet feeders and black oiled sunflower seeds


Kirk Nelson
10/17/2015

Location: Bloomington, MN

Female, at the feeders outside of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Red-bellied Woodpecker


     
     
 

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