Category: Red-bellied woodpecker

House sparrow

House sparrow (Passer domesticus). According to Birds of New Jersey, the house sparrow, which is not a sparrow but a member of the Weaver Finch family, was introduced from Europe to Central Park in 1850. Must be another one of those situations with Shakespeare lovers. Audubon.org categorizes… Continue Reading “House sparrow”

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Red-bellied woodpeckers seem to be poorly named since their crown and nape are red, while their bellies have a barely noticeable red tinge. Their misleading name stems from the fact that another woodpecker is named the red-headed woodpecker. He has… Continue Reading “Red-bellied woodpecker”