The red-bellied woodpecker is a year round resident and the most abundant woodpecker in Northern Virginia.
Males have a red forehead, crown, and nape. Females have red only on the nape. The “red belly” is actually just a reddish patch on the lower abdomen.
Look for red-bellied woodpeckers hopping along branches or tree trunks, pausing to forage for insects, seeds or berries.
Red-bellied woodpeckers prefer to nest in
forests, swamps or wooded suburban habitats.
They do well in urban areas as well as more remote landscapes.