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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common backyard visitors. They like suet feeders. They also enjoy peanuts and sometimes sunflower seeds.


  • Medium-sized Woodpecker with black and white pattern above and pale gray underneath. 

  • Males have a bright red crown and nape, females have a red nape with a gray crown. 

  • Both sexes have red wash on the belly. 

  • Large, broad, and dark bill.


  • Insects, seeds, fruits. Forages along tree trunk and branches. 


  • Prefers woodlands. 

Preferred Nest:

  • Nests in cavities.

Backyard Birdhouse:

More Facts:

  • The Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue almost 2 inches past the end of its bill.

  • The male will tap loudly on metal gutters, aluminum roofs and even vehicles to attract a mate.

Link for more information: Red-bellied Woodpecker

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