Male Red-bellied Woodpecker with its Adorable Young One

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Male Red-bellied Woodpecker with its adorable young one beautifully captured in Murrysville, Pennsylvania by @write2mad

Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpeckers look similar to adults, but they are duller overall. Young birds have a less distinctive pattern on the back, and their crowns are dusky without red on the nape or nasal tufts, although males and some females can show red-tipped feathers in the crown.

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  1. I’m sitting on my porch and I have also been watching a male red bellied woodpecker feeding its juvenile, I have also spotted its female mother here in Wallace, N.C.

    • Hi Sharon. That’s fabulous! We love watching the Red-bellied Woodpeckers feed their young and teach them to use our suet feeders. They’re one of our favorite backyard birds to have.

  2. I just spotted what I’m pretty sure is a juvenile male red bellied woodpecker on my suet feeder. Plain grey head. Also plain grey belly- I haven’t seen any photos of the belly of the juvenile. Is it indeed plain like the head? When I went back with my camera he was gone but the adult male red bellied woodpecker was there, so that was a big clue to possible/probable identity.

  3. I’m in Nova, OH and I too, have been watching a male red bellied woodpecker feeding his youngster.
    The adult will go to my feeder, fly up to his young that waits on the phone pole, and feed him/her.
    This continues for several times and they fly off, returning a little while later to repeat the process.
    I love watching them.

    • Hi June. We love seeing the Red-bellied Woodpeckers feeding their family at our suet feeders. Once the youngsters get comfortable, they’ll continue visiting our feeders. Red-bellied Woodpeckers have such endearing expressions. They always look like they’re smiling!

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