Red-bellied Woodpecker: What’s in a name?

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red-bellied woodpecker

The Red-bellied Woodpecker has red on top of its head, but not so much on its belly where feathers usually cover the coloring.  Here is a close-up of the bird at a feeder in my sister’s backyard in Southern Illinois—you can barely see a tinge of red on the belly. Controversy?  Many bird people say the name is misleading. I say, “move on”.

Simply put,  it appears to me that the naming of birds and butterflies is an inexact science and I am powerless to do anything about it  (ha, ha, ha!).

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