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Melanerpes carolinus

Common Name: Red-bellied Woodpecker
Melanerpes carolinus
Melanerpes carolinus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: Melanerpes carolinus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Red-bellied woodpeckers are 9" long with 16" wingspans. They have a black and white barred back, white with faint red ches, and bright red on the top of their heads and neck.

Habitat & Range

Red-bellied woodpeckers live in forests across most of the eastern half of the United States year-round.


They nest in cavities of dead trees and sometimes fence posts. They feed off of fruits, seeds, and insects.

Their song is a rolling “quirrr”.

Featured image by Chris Breeze.


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