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Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
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Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)

General Description: Red-naped Sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) are small woodpeckers with black-and-white on the back, but not clearly barred like a Ladder-back Woodpecker. Shoulder with a bold white patch. Top of head, throat, and nape with red. Female has a white chin (less red on throat than male). Faint wash of yellow on the breast and belly.

Favored Habitat: Canyons with Oak, Cottonwood, and other trees. Also mountains and occasionally suburban yards with fruit trees.

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, Red-naped Sapsuckers can be found in the mountains and in desert areas with trees. The easiest places to see them are Red Rock Canyon NCA (Calico Basin Picnic Area, Willow Springs Picnic Area, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Blue Diamond town) and Floyd Lamb Park on the northwest edge of town.

Comments: Sapsuckers drill orderly rows of shallow holes on tree trunks. Trees respond to the bark injury by extruding sap, which attracts and traps insects. When the sapsucker returns, it can eat the bugs and some of the sap.

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
Red patches on the throat, crown, and nape
Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
Note also the red spot on the back of the head
Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
Juvenile: the juvenile plumage is lost during the first fall, so they go into their first winter looking like a scruffy adult.
Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
Red-naped Sapsucker starting a new set of sapwells on an almond tree in my backyard

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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