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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

Description:

This is a relatively small woodpecker. It is white and black with some buff coloring on its' breast. This male has a red cap and throat. It has a straight black bill, and black stripes running along its' face.

Habitat:

This guy was found in our backyard foraging among our backyard trees. There are many oaks in the area. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers live within forests and open woodlands.

Notes:

Fun Facts: 1. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers drill two kinds of holes into trees; rectangular and round. 2. Sapsucker sapwells benefit other animal life such as hummingbirds, bats, birds, and porcupines. 3. The oldest Yellow-bellied Sapsucker recorded age is 7 years and 9 months of age. Ref: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yell...

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Hondo, Texas, United States

Spotted on Dec 19, 2020
Submitted on Dec 23, 2020

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