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yellow-bellied sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

Description:

A yellow-bellied sapsucker, one of three woodpecker species visiting this backyard feeder (not too uncommonly) during the 2014-2015 winter.

Habitat:

Backyard balcony suet feeder in residential neighborhood, Springfield, Missouri, USA.

Notes:

These photographs illustrate the specialized woodpecker (Picidae) tail feathers, stiffened and used to lend support in climbing and clinging to trees for feeding and excavating cavities.

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Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Missouri, USA

Spotted on Feb 20, 2015
Submitted on Apr 2, 2015

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