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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker adult

General Description: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus varius) are small woodpeckers with a generally dark appearance. The back is dark, but ladder-backed, and there is a long, bold white line on the wings. The face has striking black and white stripes with red on the forehead. Adult males also have a red chin. The bib is black, and the rest of the underparts are yellow. Juveniles are darker, lacking the bright red and yellow colors.

Favored Habitat: Coniferous and mixed forests.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker juvenile

Where to Find: Don't look for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in most of North America except the American West.

Comments: Sapsuckers drill shallow holes in tree trunks that are lined up in orderly rows. The tree tries to sap over the hole, and insects are attracted to the sap. Later, the sapsucker comes back, eats the bugs, and tops it off the meal with a drink of sweet sap.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Sapsucker drilling sap wells on palm tree; Dunedin, Florida
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Sapsucker drilling sap wells on palm tree; Dunedin, Florida
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

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