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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (juvenile)

Sphyrapicus varius


A small woodpeckers with a stout, straight bill. A long white stripe along the folded wing. Juveniles are dusky brown and develop a red crown in their first fall and winter. They also have a buffy/golden spangling on back and breast.


On a tree next to the trail through an urban park.

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus varius

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Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Nice spotting

gatorfellows 7 years ago

Thanks Doren B. you are also correct :)

gatorfellows 7 years ago

Thanks GeoffreyPalmer; you are correct. Will fix :)

Doren B
Doren B 7 years ago

The white streak on the wing and the mottling on the breast suggests to me that this may be a juvenile Sapsucker. Take a look at the last of the six pictures on this page, under Field Marks:

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Plano, Texas, USA

Spotted on Dec 4, 2013
Submitted on Dec 8, 2013

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