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Did you know that red-bellied woodpeckers have barbed tongues and sticky spit?

Red-Bellied Woodpeckers
a Glance

Key Features:

Red-bellied woodpeckers are medium black and white birds with pale bellies and red napes. Males have red crowns.

Least Concern - Population Increasing



nesting habits:

Red-bellied woodpeckers nest in tree cavities on wood chips.

seasons red-bellied woodpeckers are active in our area:

All year


Insects, spiders, acorns, fruit, lizards, minnows, nuts, and pine cones

hunting Behavior:

Red-bellied woodpeckers forage in trees. Males forage in tree trunks and females forage in the higher limbs.

Commonly Confused With:

Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, and Red-Headed Woodpeckers

Male yellow-shafted northern flicker looking over its shoulder from its perch in a bare tree

Female red-bellied woodpeckers are often confused with male yellow-shafted northern flickers because both have similar patterns and red on their heads.

Male red-bellied woodpeckers are often confused with red-headed woodpeckers because both are black and white with red on their heads.

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