Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker is the most common and widespread woodpecker in southeast.        Back  Next      Wildlife Index!
West Virginia Red-bellied Woodpecker
West Virginia Red-bellied Woodpecker
West Virginia Red-bellied Woodpecker
West Virginia Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
  • The red-bellied woodpecker is about the size of the West Virginia cardinal, approximately 8.5 inches long.
  • 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
  • Adult male: Red cap extending from bill to nape
  • Adult female: Red nape patch, gray crown, and red spot above bill
  • The West Virginia Red-bellied Woodpecker name is misleading since the red on the belly is rarely seen.

  • The red-bellied woodpecker makes its home in forests, as well as suburbs and parks and bore out cavities in dead trees where the wood is rotten and soft.
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    General references:
    (1) Gough, G.A., Sauer, J.R., Iliff, M. Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter. 1998. Version 97.1. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.

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