Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) - HBW 7, p. 453

French: Pic à poitrine rouge German: Feuerkopf-Saftlecker Spanish: Chupasavia Pechirrojo

Taxonomy: Picus ruber J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Cayenne; error = Nootka Sound, British Columbia, Canada.
Forms a superspecies with S. varius and S. nuchalis, and in the past sometimes treated as conspecific; hybridizes with both, but especially latter, wherever ranges overlap. Races intergrade, fully so in extreme S Oregon. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ruber (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - S Alaska S to W Oregon.
  • daggetti Grinnell, 1901 - SW Oregon N & E California and W Nevada.

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