Red-bellied Woodpecker

About the Red-bellied Woodpecker

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a common bird endemic to eastern North America. It can be found from far southern Quebec and Ontario in Canada, as far south as Florida, and as far west as central Texas.

They have gray underparts, black-and-white back. Adults have a red cap, which in males goes from the bill to the nape; in females it's only on the nape and above the bill. The reddish belly that gives the bird its name is difficult to spot in the field.

The population trend for the Red-bellied Woodpecker is increasing, and the conservation status as of July 2014 is Least Concern.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 July 2009
Scientific Name
Melanerpes carolinus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Melanerpes
  • M. carolinus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9 to 10.5 inches
13 to 16.5 inches
2 to 3.2 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 红腹啄木鸟
Czech (Cesky) Datel Karolínský
Danish (Dansk) Zebraspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Roodbuikspecht
Finnish (Suomi) Tammiraitatikka
French (Français) Pic à Ventre Roux
German (Deutsch) Carolinaspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio della Carolina
Japanese (日本語) シマセゲラ (Shimasegera)
Norwegian (Norsk) Lundspett
Polish (Polski) Dzieciur Czerwonobrzuchy
Russian (русский язык) Каролинский дятел
Spanish (Español) Carpintero de Carolina
Swedish (Svenska) Karolinaspett
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