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yellow-bellied sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius


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


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


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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