When I was a kid in St. Augustine, we had this thing we did.
We called it a "Red Belly".
Essentially, two kids would hold another down on the ground, belly side up. Then, one of the holders would pull up the T-shirt of the victim just enough to expose their belly, which would then be slap-patted until it was a nice red hue.
Stung a little, but you couldn't wait to get big enough to return the favor to someone else.
I believe these red bellies were training for our eventual "red necks".
I only share that bit of southern right of passageness with you to make this point.
Our bellies really did turn red during the event, so the name "Red Belly" made perfect sense.
So I ask you, what idiot named this bird the red bellied woodpecker?
Even the Cornell University bird site makes this statement, "Yes, its belly is covered in a light red wash. But this woodpecker is easier to spot by the red on the back and top of its head."
So here is what I want to know ...
... if it were you who was charged with the task of naming this bird ...
... what would you call it?
The forum is open.
Background information on these shots ...
This " fill in the blank" wood pecker was working some dead wood in my Dad's grapefruit tree last weekend.
The tree is still holding fruit from last season and it's still good.
At least that's what the grapefruit eaters in the family tell me.
I've never met a grapefruit that tastes good.
Bitter, sour, bleccchhh, ... yes, but never good.