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Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius


About the size of a robin. This guy doesn't always find a tree; he often rat-a-tat-tats on our metal chimney... at the crack of dawn... sound a bit like a machine gun going off in my room! Beauty to look at though.


Diverse woods near a small lake.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus varius Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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alicelongmartin 8 years ago


TKBotting 8 years ago

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology description of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: "...Bold black-and-white stripes curve from the face toward a black chest shield and white or yellowish underparts..." And there it is. Thanks Courtney!

CourtneyJaeger 8 years ago

According the the Audubon guide, the yellow-bellied and the red naped commonly hybridize..

TKBotting 8 years ago

He does look like a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker... except the whole yellow-bellied thing. :P

TKBotting 8 years ago

There was a another ring around the tree about a half foot higher too, but I felt I needed to crop it a bit.

Hema 8 years ago

look at the pattern of holes on the tree.

Hema 8 years ago

TK ,believe me you will find an Id soon.
Could it be a Sap Sucker?

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on May 15, 2010
Submitted on Aug 30, 2012

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