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RED BELLIED WOODPECKER

Red bellied woodpeckers possess very long tongues which can both stick to ants and spear insects. Their varied diet includes insects, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, and sap. It can take insects in flight and can even feed on lizards, frogs, mammals, fish, and nestlings which they can peck to death or thrash against a tree (Backhouse, 2005). In winter, plant material composes 80% of the diet as compared to 40% in spring and 60% in summer. This species is known to hybridize with four others (Melamerpes uropygialis, M. hoffmannii, M. superciliaris, and M. aurifrons) (Winkler 1995; Short, 1982).

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