The Travels of Tug 44

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

This male Red-Bellied Woodpecker is instantly recognizable by the big red area on the top of his head and neck. They eat the usual bugs they drill out of trees, like most Woodpeckers, but they will also take fruits and nuts when bugs are in short supply. And they sure do love my suet feeder.   high-res

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is the king at my suet feeder. He lands a few inches from the suet, and waits for a few moments while everybody else moves away. Any other bird not keeping their distance will get a beak strike from him. And when large Grackles and Starling arrive in gangs and scare all birds away, the Red-Belly will attack them.   high-res

The male Red-Bellied Woodpecker does actually have some red coloring on his belly, though it is often difficult to spot.   high-res

The female Red-Bellied Woodpecker looks the same as the male, except she does not have red on top of her head. She has the red on the back of her head and neck and a bit around the beak.   high-res

And here's their kid! The juvenile looks the same as the adult Red-Bellied Woodpeckers but they lack all the red colors. But they love suet just as much.   high-res

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker, one the more colorful visiters to the bird feeder.

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