Slow-motion footage of a person feeding a red-bellied woodpecker by hand is mesmerizing.


A male red-bellied woodpecker glides from the edge of the forest to get a treat from Jocelyn Anderson.

You can see these Red-bellied Woodpeckers wedge big nuts into cracks in the bark and then break them up with their beaks.

Collection of Red-Bellied Woodpecker

They can also store food for later in the year in the cracks of trees and fence posts, just like other woodpeckers do.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Red-bellied Woodpecker ID, Everything About Birds,

These birds are pale and about the size of a crow. They are common in the forests of the East in the United States.

Their barred backs and red caps that shine make them easy to remember.

Don’t call them “Red-headed Woodpeckers,” because they are a rarer type that is mostly black on the back and has large white patches on its wings.

Woodpecker with a red belly

The tongue of a red-bellied woodpecker can reach almost 2 inches past the end of its beak.

The point is sharp and sticky, which makes it easier to grab prey from deep cracks.

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