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Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus

Flight call description A husky "gher", often given in a series of two or more.


Fig.1. New Jersey September 27, 2000 (MO).

Bird in flight with Blue Jay calling in the background.



Diurnal calling sequences:

1. Maryland September 29, 1994 (MO). Bird in flight with Northern Flicker and Boat-tailed Grackle in the background.

2. Maryland September 29, 1994 (MO). Bird in flight with Palm Warbler calling in the background.

3. Florida April 27, 1989 (WRE). Perched bird.


Similar species See Red-headed Woodpecker.


Behavior Limited migratory movements are believed to be primarily nocturnal but engages in redetermined migration. Flight call frequently given in diurnal migration flight and by perched birds but has not been recorded at night.