The Travels of Tug 44

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

This female Red-Bellied Woodpecker is instantly recognizable by the big red area on the back of her head and neck, and a bit around her beak. 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.   high-res

Here, the female Red-Bellied Woodpecker conveniently shows off her red colors.   high-res

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

They really are pretty birds with distinctive colors.   high-res

What happens when you're really too big for the bird feeder's perches? If you're a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, you hang onto one perch and lean down to feed from a lower opening. They are rather agile.   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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