click here to see a female). These birds are a bit different from other woodpeckers in that they seldom drill wood for food. This woodpecker prefers fruit, seeds, or arthropods.
Recently Red-bellied Woodpeckers have expanded north and west. Most are not migratory, although some northern populations retreat southward during cold winters (Shackelford et al. 2000). None of my banded Red-bellieds have been captured elsewhere. I have, however, retrapped a couple of my birds ten years after my banding them.