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Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

24 x 36

The Red-bellied Woodpecker lives primarily in the southeastern part of the United States and is moving into the north.  Its' colorful red head is a delight while the red on the belly is hard to spot.  It is often mistaken for a Red-headed Woodpecker.  The tip of the beak is barbed with sticky spit making it easier to catch prey from deep crevices and on the bark of trees.  They may store the food in trees or fence posts.  They nest in cavities and if a bird feeder is nearby, they use it also for food.  It easts insects, berries, nuts, seeds and sometimes flying insects.  They have an undulating flight pattern and their habitat is usually woodlands, groves, orchards, towns and, most common, in deciduous forests, along rivers and swamps.