Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Common in forests of the Eastern US year-round.  Medium-sized, round-headed, with black-and-white barred back, pale belly and red nape; long, sturdy bill.  Frequently detected by “churr” call.  Prefers forests where it picks through bark for insects with its long tongue; also eats acorns, nuts and berries; often attracted to feeders.  Excavates nest in dead wood; commonly invaded by European Starling.  Lifespan up to 12 years.  Population ~ 10 million and increasing due to range expansion.

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January 24, 2015