H2: Basic Description
The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a medium-sized bird that is commonly found in North America. Adult males and females usually measure between 9-10 inches in length and have a wingspan of about 15-18 inches. They have black and white striped backs, with a red cap on their head, giving them their distinctive appearance. Despite the name, the red belly of this woodpecker is actually quite faint, appearing as more of a blush or wash across its lower abdomen.
H2: Where to Find This Bird
Red-bellied Woodpeckers can be found throughout most parts of Eastern North America year-round. Their range stretches from southern Canada down to Florida and westward towards Texas. During winter months they will occasionally wander further south into Mexico & Central America for feeding purposes.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker prefers to live in deciduous forests but can also be found in wooded suburban areas with large trees where they nest in tree cavities or build nests themselves (although this isn’t common). They don’t mind living close to humans; you’ll often find them visiting backyard feeders alongside other birds.
This woodpecker primarily feeds on insects such as ants, beetles, caterpillars & termites but will eat berries and fruits when available too. If you’re looking to spot one at your backyard feeder – try offering mealworms or suet cakes!
H2: Cool Facts
Did you know that the Red-bellied Woodpecker’s tongue wraps around their skull!? This unique adaptation allows these birds to extract prey from deep within trees’ crevices quickly! They are also known for storing food like nuts inside bark crevices which acts as an emergency cache if needed during harsh winters when food sources might otherwise become scarce.
Overall, the Red-bellied Woodpecker is an exciting bird to spot in North America. Their unique markings and behaviors make them a fascinating species to observe. Whether you’re out hiking or birdwatching from your backyard, keep an eye out for these woodpeckers – they could be nesting nearby!