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Bob Vuxinic

Crossville, TN, USA


This female Red-belly has a twisted bill, but it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. She’s been showing up at my feeders for at least four years now, and always looks healthy and behaves normally.

Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker female

8 replies on “Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker”

Laura Frazier says:

Wow! These are beautiful!

Bob Vuxinic says:

Thank you, Laura. Coming from you, that’s high praise indeed. She’s a good looking bird, especially since she has a deformed bill, but I might be fortunate in that it could be her bill that brings her to my feeders more frequently.

Natalie says:

That is a male. Females don’t have the red-orange head. females are also all gray, lacking the taupe-like undertones.

Heidi Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hello Natalie, thanks for reaching out! Female Red-bellied Woodpeckers have a red nape, but lack the red crown, such as the individual in these photos. Both male and female Red-bellied Woodpeckers have pale bellies, and there can be color variations among them. For more info, check out Cornell’s All About Birds page on Red-bellied Woodpeckers here.

Debbie Peterson says:

I have the make red bellied woodpecker and i live in Wisconsin it showed up about 3 days ago do the female re bellied wookpeckers follow them where go?

Barbara Rhodes says:

I have a male that shows up every morning at my feeders here in Acworth, GA. Just northwest from Atlanta. He visits feeder ALL day. I’ve named him Atticus. He’s been showing up for about a month.

Kandi Baylor says:

I saw a female in my bird feeder for the first time today. She was fairly large ~ shooed the other birds always until she was done eating. She was beautiful ~ I had never seen one before. I live in Iowa.

Carol says:

I have both, male and female, at my feeder every am and off and on through out the day. The male likes to hang out in my Japanese Maple, as if he is taking a breather from the feeder. I live in Little Rock AR.

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