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Red-bellied Woodpecker -
(Melanerpes carolinus)



  • Medium-sized woodpecker
  • Black and white barring on back,
         wings and tail
  • White below with varying pinkish
         area on belly
  • Male has red on top of head from
         beak to neck
  • Female has less red--red color
         only on the nape
  • 9" (23 cm.)


  • Woodland, residential areas with trees

Additional Information

  • Fairly common resident in southern
         two-thirds of Wisconsin
  • Vocalizes year-round
  • Population increasing
  • Has been expanding northward
  • Eats insects, fruit, acorns, seeds
  • Male guards territory year-round

Comparable Species

Red-bellied Woodpecker on tree trunk

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker on tree branch 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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