Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Did you know:

Known predators:
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.

Did you know research from Wiki.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


Abe Lincoln said...

I just think they are beautiful birds and I love to listen to them drumming. You have had some very special photographs that I have greatly enjoyed seeing.

Steve B said...

What do you know? They really do have red bellies!

The Muse said...

That is an awesome birdhouse...
Now i see how you get all the great offer 5 star accommodations!

Abe Lincoln said...

Just to answer your question about the squirrel... It is an Eastern Gray Squirrel. They have more gray in them than red. There are no red squirrels left here or around here as the gray squirrels dominated the whole area for many years and the Fox Squirrels and Red Jimmies and others are gone. I suppose forever.

Leedra said...

Didn't know...but now do.

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Betsy from Tennessee said...

The Red-bellied do like those oranges, don't they??? I didn't know that the other woodpeckers were predators of the nest/eggs... I can understand that hawks would be predators --but not other woodpeckers. Shame on them!!!

Thanks for educating me!!!

Carol said...

I have red, yellow and black rat snakes in our yard. I dont like to discourage any of the wildlife from coming in. My washing machine is on the back porch and so far both the red and yellow have visited me there. Needless to say, I didnt have a camera.