Bird Details
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Color: Black, White
Size: 8.5"
Season: Winter
Description: This woodpecker has distinct black and white stripes on the face, a red cap, and a yellowish wash on the belly. The back has black and white barring. Male has a red throat patch while the female has a white throat.
Voice: Calls are a nasal or whiny mew sound.
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Habitat: A variety of forest types including bottomland hardwoods and wooded residential areas.
Interesting Fact: Sapsuckers typically peck orderly, straight rows of squarish holes out of the bark. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers eat the sap that flows from these wells, in addition to insects caught in the sap.
Scientific name: Sphyrapicus varius
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae

Adult male
Ryan Brady

Juvenile
Robert Herron

Adult female
Clint Sowards
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