Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus
Picidae or Woodpecker Family

Adult, front

A medium-sized woodpecker with black and white stripes on the back, a mostly pale belly, white face, and a bright red cap that runs down the back of the neck.. I have often wondered why they are called "red-bellied." Often found perching vertically on tree trunks, pecking for insects

A year-round bird of woodlands that also ventures into backyards. Likely common in Wildwood.

The true Red-Headed Woodpecker has head and neck completely red and lacks stripes. Hairy and downy woodpeckers have wide white stripse down the middle of the back.

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