from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a red belly, or the under parts red: as, the red-bellied nuthatch, Sitta canadensis; the red-bellied snipe, Macrorhamphus scolopaceus; the red-bellied woodpecker, Centurus carolinus; the red-bellied monkey of Africa, Cercopithecus erythrogaster; the red-bellied terrapin, Chrysemys or Pseudemys rubriventris.


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  • One red-bellied woodpecker adjusts his head from the birch limb.

    The Next to Last Poem

  • Response: This is a red-bellied woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus.

    Mystery bird: red-bellied woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus

  • Immature red-bellied woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus (formerly, Centurus carolinus; protonym, Picus carolinus), also known as the zebra woodpecker or the zebraback, photographed at Houston, Texas (USA).

    Mystery bird: red-bellied woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus

  • In the austerity trap, Republican congressmen get so outraged over earmarks to fund studies of the mating patterns of red-bellied newts, they neglect legislation that would foster long-term growth.

    Mitch Daniels and the austerity trap

  • My old Audubon Field Guide, twenty-two years old now, same age as my binoculars, says that the red-bellied woodpecker is “chiefly” a Southeastern bird but it ranges farther north and “has expanded its breeding range in recent years to New York and southern New England.”

    Lance Mannion:

  • In the two decades since I bought the book red-bellied woodpeckers have done some more expanding.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Yesterday evening on the way home from picking up pizza I nearly drove us into a ditch trying to catch a second look at the red-bellied woodpecker that swooped across our path and landed on a tree by the roadside.

    Lance Mannion:

  • I have never seen a red-bellied woodpecker before.

    so you place your final burden on your half-dressed next-of-kin

  • While I myself do not ascribe to your decadent primate behaviors of tree decorating and red-bellied fat man worship, I comprehend that this holiday holds significance in your feeble American minds.

    Doug Lieblich: North Korea Wishes You a Gloriously Superior Merry Christmas

  • This, too, is home to the red-bellied black snake, who grows up to six feet long and is poisonous but, my companion field biologist David Westcott assures me, is really sweet.


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