Red Bellied Woodpecker

One of the noisiest birds that you’ll find on the Salem campus is the Red Bellied Woodpecker:

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What they look like:  Red-Bellied Woodpeckers have red heads and barred backs. Their wings are a mix of black and white. They are 9-10.5 inches long, and have many different calls. The birds have a small spot of red on their belly, that is hard to see when in field identification.

Where you’ll see him: They are found in the forest behind the school. They are usually found on branches and trunks of trees. They can be found in open and swampy woodlands. They are found around the middle heights of trees.

What they eat: Red-Bellied Woodpecker eat bugs inside of trees. Insects include beetles, grasshoppers, and ants. They occasionally drink nectar out of pine trees. In the winter it eat mostly seeds.

What they sound like:  He makes several noises, the most common being a “thrraa, thrraa, thrraa”. He also drums on wood when trying to find bugs and nectar. He also does this action when trying to show off when mating.

Other interesting facts:  Red-Bellied Woodpeckers can stick out their tongues almost 2 inches past it’s beak.  Also, the oldest a Red-Bellied Woodpecker has been known to live has been 12 years and 1 month old.

Where you can learn more about him:

http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/redbelliedwoodpecker.htm#6
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-Bellied_Woodpecker/lifehistory/ac

 

Written by Pascal L, Ryan M, Akshay I, and Daniel L

 

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