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Williamson's Sapsucker

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-[[Image:117506-1005wisa163.jpg|thumb|400px|right|Photo jvhigbee<br />Photo of male taken: Washington, USA.]]+[[Image:117506-1005wisa163.jpg|thumb|400px|right|'''Male'''. Photo jvhigbee<br />Locaiton: [[Washington]], [[USA]].]]
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==Habitat== ==Habitat==
Open forested areas, including conifers. Open forested areas, including conifers.
-[[Image:44056Williamson s Sapsucker 3-17-07 017 c2re.jpg|thumb|400px|right|Photo by SesG<br />Adult female. Location: southwest [[Utah]], [[USA]].]]+[[Image:44056Williamson s Sapsucker 3-17-07 017 c2re.jpg|thumb|400px|right|'''Female.''' Photo by SesG<br />Location: southwest [[Utah]], [[USA]].]]
==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
* '''Breeding:''' They excavate a new nesting cavity each year, sometimes reusing the same tree. * '''Breeding:''' They excavate a new nesting cavity each year, sometimes reusing the same tree.

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Sphyrapicus thyroideus
Male. Photo jvhigbeeLocaiton: Washington, USA.
Male. Photo jvhigbee
Locaiton: Washington, USA.

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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.

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

Habitat

Open forested areas, including conifers.

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

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.

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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