Red bellied woodpecker by bruni

Red bellied woodpecker

Why this one is called red bellied woodpecker when his breast feathers are white, I don't understand. I googled him and here is what they say:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Alberta#Woodpeckers
a first time visit to our feeder.
Great close up. I agree. The name doesn't match the bird.
November 3rd, 2015  
He's a beauty!
November 3rd, 2015  
Beautiful close up and detail.
November 3rd, 2015  
Wonderful close up shot.
November 3rd, 2015  
Really nice capture. Wish I could catch birds this nice.
November 3rd, 2015  
How exciting to have him visit for the first time. Great capture Bruni.
November 3rd, 2015  
bep
Well captured, Bruni. He is beautiful.
November 3rd, 2015  
Ann
BEAUTIFUL AND FAV.
November 3rd, 2015  
A super capture. Fav!! 😃
November 3rd, 2015  
November 3rd, 2015  
Love this shot bruni
November 4th, 2015  
Lovely capture of him hanging around :)
November 4th, 2015  
saw this on the PP well done
November 4th, 2015  
Great shot of the woodpeckers. I was told woodpeckers eat insects out of trees. Do yours eat seeds ?
November 4th, 2015  
@pyrrhula They eat both- seeds from feeders and insects off/in the trees. They particularly love suet feeders too!

The Red Bellied does have a faint tinge of red on its breast (might be more visible on the male than the female) but you can see it when the sun hits it the right way. I'm not sure why they didn't call this bird the Red Capped Woodpecker but if you've ever seen the bird that's called the Red-Headed Woodpecker, you'd know why it didn't get that name! Great shot Bruni!
November 5th, 2015  
@olivetreeann I see what you mean. just googled the it and would I ever love to see one in nature.
November 5th, 2015  
@pyrrhula In the colder weather like right now and in the winter month most birds prefer the seeds. maybe with the cooler weather there're not that many insects around. we stopped feeding the birds during summer this time for the first time and just filled the feeders recently.
November 5th, 2015  
What a beautiful bird and great capture of it, Bruni. How fun to see another type of bird at your feeder. FAV
November 8th, 2015  
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