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, in the meaning defined above

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“Red-bellied woodpecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red-bellied%20woodpecker. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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