Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

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


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Albertville, Alabama
Harrison, Arkansas
Lowell, Arkansas
Marble Falls, Arkansas
Mena, Arkansas
North Haven, Connecticut
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Wilmington, Delaware
Beverly Hills, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Hollister, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Lecanto, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Saint James City, Florida
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Byron, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia (2 reports)
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Tyrone, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Tinley Park, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana
Coatesville, Indiana
Corunna, Indiana
Patriot, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Alvaton, Kentucky
Benton, Kentucky
Calvert City, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shapleigh, Maine
South China, Maine
Hanover, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Oakland, Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Bark River, Michigan
Belleville, Michigan
Blissfield, Michigan
Chesaning, Michigan
Constantine, Michigan
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Golden, Mississippi
Marietta, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Galena, Missouri
Gerald, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Elkhorn, Nebraska
Beachwood, New Jersey
Butler, New Jersey
Mahwah, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Millville, New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
Wenonah, New Jersey
Chester, New York
Clifton Park, New York
Geneva, New York
Himrod, New York
Huntington, New York
Pittsford, New York
Syracuse, New York
Yonkers, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Gold Hill, North Carolina
Pfafftown, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Barberton, Ohio
Bartlett, Ohio
Bucyrus, Ohio
Chillicothe, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio (2 reports)
Geneva, Ohio
Guysville, Ohio
Haskins, Ohio
Lakeview, Ohio
Mansfield, Ohio
Newark, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
West Kingston, Rhode Island
Lancaster, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Summertown, Tennessee
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Cleburne, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas (4 reports)
La Porte, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Needville, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Newbury, Vermont
, Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia
Broad Run, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Hurt, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Canvas, West Virginia
Brodhead, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 5, 2022, mfehrs from Huntington, NY wrote:

Positive Sighting in early March in Suffolk County, Long Island


On Feb 7, 2018, seriousbaker from New York City, NY wrote:

Our first sighting Feb. 4th late morning in Old Saybrook Ct. I had mixed some meal worms and finch food in with our usual bird seed.
We just scatter it on our deck. Several chickadees and juncos were there too. The woodpecker flew into a nearby juniper as I approached the window. The other birds ignored me since they are regulars. Spent a long time with Sibley confirming it was a Red- bellied.


On Nov 14, 2016, PattyOelze from Galena, MO wrote:

I love these birds. Ever since we moved to the Ozarks we have had hundreds of bird visitors and these are one of my favorites. I have had many "discussions" (arguments) about their name on my Facebook page! [[email protected]] So many people try to tell me that this is a Red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), which we have too, so I post pictures of that bird too. LOL. The birds here are so used to us now that they will continue to eat at the feeders while I BBQ right next to them.
Thanks for the great article!


On Aug 20, 2012, MiamiHeatwave from Miami, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

For over seven years, I have seen many generations of this beautiful bird, nest in the wooden post for the electrical power in the corner of our street

I have the pleasure of enjoying their presence in the watering spot, I had built for birds and bees, so you can imagine how I felt, when one morning before going to work I noticed a city crew working in the process of replacing the wooden posts for concrete ones

I was devastated, but I understood the need for these "modern" monsters for an area that had, been affected by hurricanes in the past

But a typical "error" from the city government took place, and now we have three posts and only one made of concrete, with a new generation of red bellied woodpeckers and another that I have not been able ... read more


On Jan 23, 2012, chris1948 from Copperas Cove, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Nice that it's been a warm winter here so far, sitting on the front patio on the weekends and watching these two is really enjoyable. The male loves to come down and steal peanuts from the squirrel feeder which is only fair as the squirrel kept taking the woodpecker blocks and running off with them though I've fixed that. The female though is pretty skittish and is really hard to catch at the feeders.They always announce themselves and seem to materialize out of nowhere on the trunk of the tree. Love to watch how they hop around, really funny.


On Aug 12, 2011, xiamenmom from Dallas, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Have had a breeding pair in the yard all summer, and have now started bringing their offspring to the feeder. Fun to watch, very colorful, not at all aggressive despite their size


On Apr 8, 2011, Treehugger73 from Machesney Park, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Have a male and female visiting my backyard regularly, for about two weeks now. They seem to be enjoying the food, and the beat up, half dead tree as well. They're fun to watch!


On Mar 24, 2011, teddy_8905 from Lakeview, OH wrote:

I am relatively new to photographing birds, and I love these birds, they are fun to watch, I have a upside down feeder and they love it, and its fun to watch them hang upside down. We also have a Cottonwood tree out front and they love to perch on that. I hope this summer they come more often because we have ants in it and they are welcome to eat all they want. My hubby saw two of them on the upside down feeder at the same time, I haven't but he got lucky enough to.


On Feb 7, 2010, mom2goldens from Carmel, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

We are fortunate enough to have this beauty visit our feeders; we see him regularly in the winter, but rarely in the summer. He usually ignores the seed and suet feeders in favor of peanuts in the shell. Although he never stays long enough to open and eat his peanut, he returns quickly for another.


On Jan 26, 2010, Weedwhacker from Bark River, MI wrote:

A beautiful woodpecker that we never saw around here until a couple of years ago. We had to remove 2 large hybrid poplars from our that were nearly dead, which these birds seemed to hang out in, so I hope they will stay around. We're surrounded by woods with lots of trees, both dead and alive, so I don't imagine it will be an issue - but we may not see them as often.


On Jan 26, 2010, bsgardens from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

My hubby and I love this bird. They are so very colorful.
We love having them around, they let us know what trees are infested with bugs and having issues. We don't tend to see them in healthy trees. They also like to hang out with our blue jays at the bird feeder.


On Jan 28, 2009, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

If you have feeders, you can generally tell when one is about to visit since they tend to announce themselves in advance with a loud "chuck chuck".


On Dec 27, 2008, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is found throughout the state of Florida where I live. Breeding occurs from April through June. Diet for the Red-Bellied Woodpecker consists of seeds, nuts and insects as well as suet, raisins and even the pulp and juice of oranges.


On Dec 26, 2008, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

A really fun woodpecker to see in the yard. Forages for insects on the trees and loves suet but will also eat from other feeders. The male has red hood extending all the way to the forehead while the female has the back of the neck only.