Red-bellied woodpeckers are found throughout much of the eastern United states year-round. They eat a great deal of insects, but can also eat some seeds and nuts. They forage for most of their food in the trees and they'll sometimes catch insects in mid-air. Red-bellied woodpeckers also store nuts and seeds in the crevices of tree bark to consume during the winter.
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Shackelford, C. E., Brown, R. E., & Conner, R. N. (2000). Red-bellied woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus. In: Poole, A.; Gill, F., eds. The Birds of North America, No. 500. Philadelphia, PA: The Birds of North America, Inc. 24 p.
Last updated: May 4, 2021