Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Common Name: Red-bellied Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes carolinus

Size: 9 inches (24cm)

Habitat: In the United States, East of the Mississippi.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 10,000,000 mature individuals. This species is extended its range over the last 100 years and populations are increasing.

Diet: Insects, beetle larvae, fruits, and seed.

Breeding: Four white eggs are laid in incubate in about 12 days. Nesting takes place in tree cavities.

Cool Facts: The Red-bellied Woodpecker barely has a red belly. There’s a slight hint of blush of the belly though its’ head is crimson.

The Red-bellied will store it’s food much like the Acorn Woodpecker in cervices, cracks and drilled holes, but it doesn’t defend them as the Acorn Woodpeckers do,

The Red-bellied is an aggressive nest evictor. There are accounts of the Red-bellied dragging a Red-cockaded Woodpecker from its’ nest and killing it to take over the nest. But even bullies get their due; European Starlings are noted for kicking out Red-bellied Woodpeckers from their nests.

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