Just six more birds in the Birdorable Bonanza until we reach our 200th Birdorable. We hope you like all the new birds so far. Today's species is one of our favorite local birds, the Red-bellied Woodpecker.... Read more »
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.
Details & Statistics
The Red-bellied Woodpecker is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.