Friday, January 3, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Sometimes we don't appreciate our common birds. For example, the Red-bellied Woodpecker, a frequent visitor to the suet feeder, is a stunning bird—sort of a flaming zebra! Non-birders occasionally call this a “Red-headed” Woodpecker. These people do not notice this woodpecker’s red belly—see my post of 20 April 2010. Another friend habitually identified it as a “Ladder-backed” Woodpecker. His field guide illustrated all of the striped-backed woodpeckers under the heading of “ladder-backed woodpeckers.” Erika and I listed this Red-bellied Woodpecker on New Year’s Day, as we once again began building a year bird list.

1 comment:

  1. My Daughter (age 10) and I have been talking about poorly-named birds. This one tops our list. We both know what we mean and even we slip up with the name. Red-capped woodpecker? Red-hooded woodpecker? Red-naped woodpecker?

    The only other bird I can recall that we saw frequently and that we'd like to rename is the Nashville Warbler.

    She also wants to call the Black-and-White warbler the Zebra warbler.