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Sharp-shinned Hawks (Accipiter striatus)
Cooper's Hawks (Accipiter cooperii)
Black Rat Snakes (Elaphe obsoleta)
Domestic Cats (Felis silvestris)
Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus)
Gray Rat Snakes (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides)
Predators of adult red-bellied woodpeckers include birds of prey such as sharp-shinned hawks and Cooper's hawks, black rat snakes and house cats. Known predators of nestlings and eggs include red-headed woodpeckers, European starlings, pileated woodpeckers, gray rat snakes and black rat snakes. When approached by a predator, red-bellied woodpeckers either hide from the predator, or harass it with alarm calls. They defend their nests and young aggressively, and may directly attack predators that come near the nest.
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