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
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
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
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.
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.
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