Red-bellied Woodpecker

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: carolinus

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper
La. carolinuss of Carolina

Painting of red-bellied woodpecker perched on a fallen log.
Top of head, forehead and back of neck scarlet red, partly so in the female. Back and wings barred with black and white. White sides of face, throat. Under parts ashy gray, mixed with yellowish-white and red on the belly.
USGS map shows red-bellied Woodpeckers generally range in the eastern half of the US.
Inhabits coniferous and deciduous forests throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. Common in the South. Ranges from the Great Lakes, Ontario and the Great Plains States to southern Texas and from Florida to Massachusetts.
Ascends trees in quick, jerky motions searching for insects.

Emits a short note likened to a bark when hammering for insects.

Red-bellied Woodpecker Head
Excavates cavities in trees up to twenty feet often deep in forests. May nest in abandon cavities or bird houses.

Lays from four to six white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another four weeks.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker Birdhouse has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount out of reach on a tree on a woodland edge or clearing. Leave a bed of chips in the house.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past. Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, and Owls may also use this box.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Painting of red-bellied woodpecker perched on a fallen log.Red-bellied Woodpecker by Louis Agassiz Fuertes
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: carolinus

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper
La. carolinuss of Carolina

Top of head, forehead and back of neck scarlet red, partly so in the female. Back and wings barred with black and white. White sides of face, throat. Under parts ashy gray, mixed with yellowish-white and red on the belly.

USGS map shows red-bellied Woodpeckers generally range in the eastern half of the US.
Inhabits coniferous and deciduous forests throughout most of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. Common in the South. Ranges from the Great Lakes, Ontario and the Great Plains States to southern Texas and from Florida to Massachusetts.
Red-bellied Woodpecker Head
Ascends trees in quick, jerky motions searching for insects. Emits a short note likened to a bark when hammering for insects.

Excavates cavities in trees up to twenty feet often deep in forests. May nest in abandon cavities or bird houses.

Female red-bellied woodpeckers lay from four to six white eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks incubation and leave the nest in about another four weeks.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker Birdhouse has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Select to view or print plans and dimensions for red-bellied woodpecker birdhouse.
Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount out of reach on a tree on a woodland edge or clearing. Leave a bed of chips in the house.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past. Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, and Owls may also use this box.

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