red-bellied woodpecker

noun red-bel·lied woodpecker

Definition of red-bellied woodpecker

: a woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) of the eastern U.S. that has a barred black-and-white back, grayish-tan underparts tinged with red on the belly, and a red crown and nape in the male and a red nape in the female
  • Fifty feet from the nest I'm watching, a larger red-bellied woodpecker lands at another hole.
  • —Dan Guynn, Jr.

First Known Use of red-bellied woodpecker

1731

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