Sunday, January 31, 2016

Red-bellied Woodpecker

At the home feeders, we have a a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers. As indicated by his red forehead, this individual is a male (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.

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