The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a long billed, heavy bodied woodpecker. They are between 9-10″ in length. The head has a red “mohawk” on a cream-colored face. The male’s red cap extends all the way from the forehead at the base of the bill to the back of the neck, while the female only has red on the back of the head. The Red-belly’s back is black with fine white barring with a matching pattern on the tail. The underparts are the same creamy color as the face. This woodpecker has a deeply undulating flight.
Like other woodpeckers the Red-bellied spends a lot of time foraging for insects in or under tree bark, even during the winter. They will eat berries and tree nuts when they are available. Red-bellieds will frequent suet feeders and peanut feeders year-round. They’ll even pull sunflower seeds from Magnum style feeders and visit fly-thru feeders full of Joe’s Mix or any sunflower seed mix.
Because of their large size, Red-bellieds prefer larger suet feeders and a log suet feeder is a great way of drawing them to you yard.