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Sapsucker? Las Vegas, NV USA (1 Viewer)

LzyPhotographer

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Hi. It's me again. ;)

Found these pics when cleaning files off my PC today.

The closest I can find in the books is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and I think that would be another good "find" for me.

What do you think??

The gallery is here:
http://www.lazyphotographer.com/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=122
 

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atricapillus

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Sapsucker is a good call.
Note the incomplete dark border on the red throat patch.
This is a Red-naped Sapsucker, a western counterpart to the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, but still with a tint of yellow in the belly.
CHEERS, JOE G
 

AlexC

Aves en Los Ángeles
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A sapsucker yes, but not a Yellow-bellied. To start with, Nevada is well out range, but the very similar Red-naped Sapsucker is present, and the photo provides evidence to such a conclusion (though it's a rough angle to work with).

In the attached image, I highlight the features pointing to a female Red-naped (besides range).
1) Red throat with white "chin"
2) hint of red nape - on rear of head

These two species are very similar - this is some field mark overlap for female Red-naped and male Yellow-bellied, and where breeding ranges overlap, hybrids are possible.

EDIT: Crosspost with Joe.
 

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