Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Aves > Piciformes > Picidae
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This bird is a mid-sized woodpecker, breeding in Canada. It eats mostly arthropods, tree saps, fruits and nuts. A common species that, different to other woodpeckers in the area, migrates South in winter.
How to Identify
Male and female have a red patch on the forehead. Male have additionally a red throat. The species is similar in appearance to the Hairy Woodpecker but lacks the red patch on the back of its head.
Where When to Spot
The only time I spotted this bird happened in Park Mont-Royal, early spring.