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Red Bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus Camden State Park Minnesota May 18, 2016

Updated on May 20, 2016

Faith and I went for a hike at Camden State Park. We were searching for the Rose Breasted Grosbeak but we didn't find it this day. Instead we got some great video of this Red-bellied Woodpecker. I hope you enjoy the video and some information from the Sibley Bird Book below.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus

The Golden-fronted and Red-bellied Woodpeckers are closely related, with brown bodies, barred backs and wings, deeply undulating flight, and similar voices. They are found in wooded areas.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is medium-size; fairly long bill, short wings, and heavy body.

Voice: Contact call a loud, harsh, but rich quirrr slightly rising; in flight a single, low chug. Also a harsh chig-chig, a series of chig notes delivered slowly, or a rapid, chuckling series chig chighchchchchchchch descending. Drum medium speed and length with steady tempo.

South Florida Red-bellied Woodpeckers averages smaller with less white in tail, smaller white wing-patch; males have brown foreheads. Voice may be higher-pitched and laughing call slower than Northern. Plumage differences are clinal and variable. Red-bellied and Golden-fronted hybridize where ranges overlap in Texas and Oklahoma.

Works Cited

Sibley, D. A. The Sibley Guide to Birds. New York City: Chanticleer Press, Inc. (2000): 309.


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