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"Red-bellied Woodpecker vs. Red-headed Woodpecker"

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a regular visitor to bird feeders and is easily identified by the black and white barred pattern on its back and the red patch on the back of the head.

· Barred black and white “zebra pattern” on back.

· Orange-red crown and nape only

· Pale grayish tan face, chin and underparts

· Slight “washed” red belly patch (not always visible)

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Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker This medium-sized woodpecker is the only woodpecker with a completely red head. That red head and its black wings with large white panels make it an easy species to identify at rest or in flight.

· Total red head, neck and throat

· Red upper breast patch

· Solid black back, tail and primaries

· White rump patch

· Solid white underparts

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)


Red-headed Woodpecker (males and females look the same)