Red-bellied Woodpecker

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: carolinus

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter
     of Helios, changed Picus, son
     of Saturn, into a  woodpecker
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper
La. carolinuss of Carolina

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Birds of America, 1917

 Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Top of head, forehead and back of neck scarlet red, partly so in the female. Back and wings barred with black and white. White sides of face, throat. Under parts ashy gray, mixed with yellowish-white and red on the belly.


      USGS Red-bellied Woodpecker Map

Inhabits coniferous and deciduous forests throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. Common in the South. Ranges from the Great Lakes, Ontario and the Great Plains States to southern Texas and from Florida to Massachusetts.

Excavates cavities in trees up to twenty feet often deep in forests. May nest in abandon cavities or bird houses. 

Lays from four to six white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another four weeks.

Ascends trees in quick, jerky motions searching for insects. Emits a short note likened to a bark when hammering for insects.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker  Birdhouse has a 6" by 6" floor, 14" inside ceiling, 2 1/2" diameter entrance hole located 11" above the floor and ventilation openings.

Nestbox for Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker Nestbox

Hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks. Assembled with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes for easy assembly.

Lewis's Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, and Owls may use this box.

Mount out of reach on a tree on a woodland edge or clearing. Leave a bed of chips in the house.


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