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Williamson's Sapsucker

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Sphyrapicus thyroideus
Male. Photo jvhigbeeLocation: Washington, USA.
Male. Photo jvhigbee
Location: Washington, USA.


[edit] Identification

Iridescent black head, back, sides and tail, white stripe behind the eye and a lower white stripe across each side of the head, red chin, bright yellow belly, black wings with large white patches. The female is completely different - black, pale yellow breast, brownish head with black streaking and fine barring on the back, breast and sides.

[edit] Distribution

Western North America, from southern British Columbia, Washington, and western Montana south to southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Uncommon in coastal areas.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

[edit] Habitat

Open forested areas, including conifers.

Female.  Photo by SesGLocation: southwest Utah, USA.
Female. Photo by SesG
Location: southwest Utah, USA.

[edit] Behaviour

  • Breeding: They excavate a new nesting cavity each year, sometimes reusing the same tree.
  • Diet: Includes sap, mainly from conifers; insects are the main food source during the nesting season; berries are eaten outside of the breeding period.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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