May 31, 2014


He's a red-bellied woodpecker, eben though he doesn't really have a red belly.




A pinkish blush that you can see in a certain light is the best you get.

The red-headed woodpecker looks like its entire head was dunked in red paint.



Melanerpes carolinus

A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices. Males have longer, wider-tipped tongues than females, possibly allowing a breeding pair to forage in slightly different places on their territory and maximize their use of available food.

source- Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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