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Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker

Sphyrapicus varius

Description:

The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a mid-sized woodpecker, measuring 18–22 cm (7.1–8.7 in) in length, 34–40 cm (13–16 in) in wingspan and weighing from 40–63 g (1.4–2.2 oz).[2][3] Adults are black on the back and wings with white bars; they have a black head with white lines down the side and a red forehead and crown, a yellow breast and upper belly, a white lower belly and rump and a black tail with a white central bar. Adult males have a red throat; females have a white throat

Habitat:

The breeding habitat of the yellow-bellied sapsucker is forested areas across Canada, eastern Alaska and the northeastern United States. They prefer young, mainly deciduous forests. There is also a disjunct population found in high elevations of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina

Notes:

Vocalization Yellow-bellied sapsucker Menu 0:00 . -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Problems listening to this file? See media help. They drum and give a cat-like call in spring to declare ownership of territory. [edit] Similar species The red-naped sapsucker is distinguished by having a red nape (back of the head). The hairy woodpecker has no red on the crown (front of the head) or throat and has blacker back. The downy woodpecker has same markings as the hairy woodpecker but is significantly smaller

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MichelleMccracken
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MichelleMccracken

Largo, Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 23, 2012
Submitted on Dec 24, 2012

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