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This is my first spotting of the female yellow-bellied sapsucker. I usually spot the male. The female yellow-bellied sapsucker is similar in appearance to the male, but can be distinguished by a white rather than red throat. The female’s crown may also be paler red, sometimes mixed with black. The yellow-bellied sapsucker is best known for its habit of feeding on tree sap, which it obtains by drilling an elaborate system of holes in bark and licking up the sap that flows into them.
The breeding range of the yellow-bellied sapsucker extends from Alaska, across Canada, and into the northern and eastern United States, to the east of the Rocky Mountains. It is the only woodpecker in eastern North America to be fully migratory.