Related Program: NatureNotes The Red Bellied Woodpecker By Rudy Mancke • Mar 23, 2018 Related Program: NatureNotes TweetShareGoogle+Email A female Red Bellied Woodpecker. Mike's Birds [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr The Red Bellied Woodpecker was first described by naturalists in the colony of Carolina. Its scientific name is Melanerpes carolinus. Listen Listening... / 1:00 NatureNotes is a production of South Carolina Public Radio. Tags: NatureNotesNaturebirdsSCETV Appscetv.orgTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.