About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Photo Share: Red belly on woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are pale, medium-sized woodpeckers common at mid-Michigan feeders. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is usually difficult to see.

Males and females search for food differently. Males forage for bugs primarily on trunks, while females like the one in the photo forage primarily on tree limbs. Females also forage higher on the trees than males.

Male red-bellied woodpeckers have a bright red cap from their forehead to the base of their neck. Females have red only on the their necks.   

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