Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

by Rusty
(Murray, Ky)

For the last four days or so this bird has been making an appearance on my back patio helping to clean up the feeder spillage. only shows itself briefly but managed this quick pic, sorry its not better. It appears to be a golden-fronted woodpecker, but I live in Kentucky! I thought they only lived in Texas? It has the yellow upper mandible, an orange nape, but no red cap. Maybe female? What do you guys think?

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Mar 09, 2013
Red bellied woodpecker for sure
by: GaryE

That is definitely a red bellied woodpecker I see them all the time in my backyard . . there is no doubt in my mind. For more info check out:

Scroll down to the bottom and look at the pics (you have to click on the right arrow to see all of the pics). You can see that some have a golden breast/belly rather than white or red . . . but that is definitely what you have.

Mar 01, 2013
Thank you!
by: Rusty

I think you're right Judy, I have seen many Red Bellied Woodpeckers but didn't recognize this as the female. Once you suggested that it was I searched images of the Red Belly and saw some female photos that are identical to my little friend. Thank you so much.

Feb 26, 2013
by: Judy Seattle

I don't think it's a Northern Flicker, because they have large black spots down their whole front and a large black "bib " below their throat.

Your photo looks like a female Red-bellied Woodpecker. They are found in your area.

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