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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

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 and When to Spot

The only time I spotted this bird happened in Park Mont-Royal, early spring.

Common Names

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Gelbbauch-Saftlecker (de)
Chupasavia norteño (es)
Pic maculé (fr)

Taxonomy

Piciformes
Picidae
Sphyrapicus varius