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
Description, foraging behavior, breeding, courtship, predation, conversation status, and vocalizations. (From Wikipedia)
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker
Credit: Sheila Brown
- 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
- Red cap extending from bill to nape
- Red nape patch, gray crown, and red spot above bill
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Breeding Bird Survey Map,
(Image credit: USGS)
Range Maps from Cornell
Red-bellied Woodpecker year-round range.
Includes separate map of sightings. As shown on the sightings map, the range of this woodpecker is now moving further north in New England than what is shown on other range maps.
Historical CBC Map from USGS
Christmas Bird Count Map