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Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Adult MalePhoto ©  by pnichollsGeorgia, USA, January 2003
Adult Male
Photo © by pnicholls
Georgia, USA, January 2003
Melanerpes carolinus

Centurus carolinus

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[edit] Identification

  • Length: 9 to 10.5 inches (23-27 cm)
  • Wingspan: 15 to 18 inches (38-45.5 cm).
  • Back is barred black and white.
  • Adults are mainly light gray on the face.
  • Male has red crown and nape
  • Female has red nape and a red patch above the bill (gray on crown).
  • Rosy wash on the belly.
  • White wing patches are noticeable when bird is in flight.

[edit] Similar species

FemalePhoto ©  by DaddylionDecember 2008
Female
Photo © by Daddylion
December 2008

Golden-fronted Woodpecker which is found in central Texas, south into eastern Mexico, and northern Central America to Nicaragua.

[edit] Distribution

Eastern North America (southern Canada to Texas and Florida Keys)

The range is expanding both northward and westward.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Temperate hardwood forests, swampy woods, open deciduous and coniferous forests with a supply of old dead trees.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They eat insects such as beetles, ants and flies, either in flight or from tree trunks, as well as fruits, seeds and nuts.

[edit] Breeding

They make their nests in decayed tree cavities or trees such as elms, maples and willows.

[edit] Vocalisation

Chirrup call similar to tree frog, plus an abrupt chuck chuck chuck.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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