Melanerpes carolinus

Common Names: Red-bellied woodpecker
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, & Flickers

Adults are mainly light gray on the face and underparts; they have black and white barred patterns on their back, wings and tail. Adult males have a red cap going from the bill to the nape; females have a red patch on the nape and another above the bill. The reddish tinge on the belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to see in field identification.

The woodpecker uses its bill for foraging as a chisel drilling into bark or probing cracks on trunk of trees. Found mostly in forests and residential areas with lots of trees.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.