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Red-bellied woodpecker

Poorly named for a small coin-sized spot of red on the belly, this is the most common woodpecker behind the great Pine Curtain in our state. When compared to other specimens, however, the red belly patch was such a unique feature that the name was fitting. Don’t expect to see that red belly — it’s usually laid flush against the tree trunk — but a feeder might produce a glimpse of it as this bird enjoys sunflower seeds and suet. Males have a red mohawk from bill to nape, while females have that red only on the nape. Both sexes are very vocal, making them one of the noisiest birds around.

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