Red-bellied Woodpecker

Date of our first picture:  May, 2011

Location of our first photograph:  Platte City, MO

Also known as:  (Melanerpes carolinus)

Interesting fact(s):  Red-bellied Woodpeckers are attracted to noises that resonate. The male will tap loudly on metal gutters, aluminum roofs, and even vehicles to attract a mate.

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Comments:  This bird is usually the one in charge at our bird feeders. He frequently comes and goes as if he owns the place.

It is interesting that it is called the red-BELLIED woodpecker, when its head is much more red than its belly (see below). Of course, the name red-HEADED woodpecker was taken.

A good picture of its red belly

A Blue Jay and Red-bellied Woodpecker facing off

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