How to Attract Red-Bellied Woodpecker
BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY.
Description: A common eastern woodpecker, the Red-Bellied Woodpecker lives in eastern forests and woodlands, it eats insects, spiders, acorns, and other tree nuts, along with wild fruit. It will however venture into backyards to eat from feeders, where it prefers sunflower seed, suet, and peanuts. Red-Bellied Woodpecker nest in cavities of dead trees.
- Medium-sized woodpecker
- Distinctive black and white barred back, whitish-gray underparts, belly is not red - but has subtle tints of orange, red eyes. Male has red crown and nape, female has red nape and small red patch at base of beak.
- Open Woodland
- Primarily Insects - especially wood-boring insect larvae
- Also: seeds, nuts
- Some fruit in fall-winter
- Cavity in dead trees
Top Ways to Attract Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Trees & Shrubs that Attract Red-Bellied Woodpecker
American Elderberry (Fruit) Ash (Insects, Nesting) Beech (Nut) Black Willow (Nesting) Crabapple (Fruit) Eastern White Pine (Seeds, Nesting) Elm (Nesting) Dead Trees (Insects, Nesting) Flowering Dogwood (Fruit) Hackberry (Fruit) Hickory (Nut) Maple (Insects, Nesting) Northern Bayberry (Fruit) Oak (Insects, Acorn) Red Mulberry (Fruit) Serviceberry (Fruit) Wild Cherry (Fruit)