redbellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 8.5 inches
Pale gray face, throat, breast, and belly
Back strongly barred with black and white
Black wings barred and spotted with white
White bases to the primaries appear as white crescent in the hand in flight
White rump and uppertail coverts with sparse dark markings
Dark tail with black and white barring on the central retricies
Red cap extending from bill to nape
Red nape patch, gray crown, and red spot above bill
Gila woodpecker is darker brown about the head and belly, lacks the red
nape and spot above bill. Golden-fronted woodpecker overlaps in Texas
where hybrids are known so identifications should be made with caution
and attention to all details of plumage. Note the red-bellied's red nape
and barred central retricies in all plumages.
Migration Status: Permanent resident
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: Cavity
Clutch Size: 3-8
Length of Incubation: 12-14 days
Days to Fledge: 24-27
Number of Broods: 1 in north, 2-3 in south
Diet: Mostly Nuts fruit; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February C
Crooked Run Valley