Birds - William H Wiley

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William H. Wiley


1221 Rockhurst Dr.

Lincoln, NE 68510

Red Bellied Woodpecker

The red-bellied woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker common in many Eastern woodlands and forests, preferring old stands of oak and hickory trees to young hardwoods and pines. Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head; the red-headed woodpecker, however, is another species that is a close relative but looks quite different. The red-bellied woodpecker uses its bill as a chisel for foraging, drilling into bark or probing cracks on trunk of trees, pulling out beetles and other insects with the help of its long tongue.