Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) - HBW 7, p. 452
French: Pic maculé
Spanish: Chupasavia Norteño
Other common names: Common Sapsucker
Taxonomy: Picus varius Linnaeus, 1766, North America = South Carolina.
Forms a superspecies with S. nuchalis and S. ruber; sometimes treated as conspecific with former, and in past also with latter; hybridizes to limited extent with former in SW Canada (Alberta), more rarely with latter where ranges overlap. Birds from S Appalachian Mountains sometimes separated as race appalachiensis on basis of slightly darker plumage and marginally smaller size, but considerable overlap with N populations; subspecific recognition considered unwarranted. Monotypic.
Distribution: S Yukon, SW Northwest Territories and NE British Columbia E to NC Ontario, S Labrador and Newfoundland, and S to C Alberta, E South Dakota, N Iowa and Appalachians (S to SW North Carolina). Winters SE USA (S from about S Kansas, S Ohio and Connecticut) S to Panama.
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VideosSee all 21 videos
An immature male perched on a California Pepper tree feeding from sap wells. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Don DesJardin 3 November 2013 2 years ago 38 sec 4.8
A male at his holes in an Atlas Cedar tree, and Carolina Chickadees and A Ruby-crowned Kinglet stealing from the holes but a Dow Locality Maryland, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Robert Schaefer 24 February 2008 7 years ago 58 sec 4.8
A female feeding at the holes she has drilled in a small pine tree. Locality Maryland, USA (United States)
Robert Schaefer 5 March 2008 7 years ago 31 sec 4.8
An immature male perched on a California Pepper tree preening. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Don DesJardin 6 November 2013 2 years ago 41 sec 4.8
An immature male perched on a California Pepper tree making new sap wells. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Don DesJardin 3 November 2013 2 years ago 41 sec 4.7
Yellow-bellied sapsuckers collecting insects to feed their young. © 2011 Garth McElroy Locality Maine, USA (United States)
wildbirdvideos 3 July 2011 4 years ago 41 sec 4.6
PhotosSee all 39 photos
An adult sapsucker feeding on a pine tree
Locality Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA (United States)
Justin Watts 17 April 2015 14 weeks ago 4.6
Bird photographed near feeders in front of the lodge at Lake Bluff.
Locality Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary, Manistee County, Michigan, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Tom Moxley 22 April 2012 4 years ago 4.6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on palm.
Locality Cuba National Botanical Garden, La Habana Province, Cuba
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 11 December 2014 1 year ago 4.2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Autumn.
Locality Churchville Nature Center, Churchville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA (United States)
John Varoumas 4 years ago 4.2
Juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Locality Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Ron Harwood 3 October 2014 1 year ago 4
An adult male probing the bark of a pine in search of insects.
Locality Money Hill, Abita Springs, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA (United States)
John Blanke 15 March 2013 2 years ago 4