03 April 2009

How birds get their name....

Here is a bird named for a small strip of red that can only be seen from the underside or as the expression goes "a bird in the hand".  

Yes, this is a red-bellied woodpecker but probably not the first identifying feature that comes to mind when looking at this bird.

There is much in the way of color and pattern to the red-bellied.
A very common woodpecker throughout the Southeast and Florida, it has expanded its breeding range northward in the last 100 years and is now very common at Minnesota feeders.

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