Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus
ruber

Red-breasted Sapsucker
Photo courtesy of Tom Grey
Description:
Black backed spotted with yellow. White rump and white wing patches. Red head, nape and upper breast are very visible. Belly is yellowish. A short white moustache stripe over bill.
Voice:
A plaintive mew.
Food:
Drills evenly spaced rows of holes in tree trunk, then “visits” them for the sap and insects caught in it. Especially likes ants.
Nest:
In tree cavity near water, lined with wood chips.
Habitat:
Coniferous and mixed forests.
Range:
CA north to AK.
Migration:
Most migrate to lower elevations or move south in winter.
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