Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus

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Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common, year-round residents of the Arboretum. These medium-sized woodpeckers have red caps and striking black-and-white striped backs. The red belly is nearly invisible - it's more like a pink spot between the legs. Red-bellied Woodpeckers tap for insects in tree bark much like other woodpecker species, but they also hunt for larger prey like lizards and even bird eggs. Listen for their loud "churr-churr-churr" calls, especially in early spring as they compete for good nesting trees.

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