Red-bellied Woodpecker
Melanerpes carolinus



Picture property of Fernbank Science Center   Conditions of Use

play call

The file above is in .mp3 format.  You will need an mp3 player in order to listen.  If you do not have an mp3 player you can download one.  Click on the picture below.  It's free and works great!

 

Field Marks
  • Medium-sized woodpecker
  • Pale gray face, throat, breast, and belly
  • Back strongly barred with black and white
  • Black wings barred and spotted with white
  • White rump 
  • Dark tail with black and white barring on the central tail feathers
  • Red cap extending from bill to nape

Habitat

Red-bellied Woodpecker primarily inhabits hard-wood forests, preferably where the trees are large and have full, dense masts. 

Status

Red-bellied woodpeckers are permanent residents in the Atlanta area.  A good place to spot them is in the forest at Fernbank Science Center.