Surprise catch. Usually not very successful in spotting them, this one got close enough for a photo.

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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Park Mont Royal

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 179mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.5
    ISO 400


Sphyrapicus varius