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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) | by Mark Carmody
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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) is a medium-sized woodpecker that breeds in Canada and the north-northeastern United States. These birds winter in the eastern United States, West Indies and Central America. This species has occurred as a very rare vagrant to Ireland and Great Britain.


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.


Arthropods, tree sap, fruits, and nuts compose the majority of the yellow-bellied sapsucker's diet. Berries are occasionally eaten, and in the Northern Hemisphere spring, buds are eaten. (wikipedia)


I was fortunate to see this beautiful male Sapsucker on a business trip earlier this year. The Sapsucker was busily feeding in Auburn Cemetery, Boston.

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Taken on April 14, 2017