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Did you know that yellow-bellied sapsuckers are migratory?

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers
a Glance

Key Features:

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers are black with red crowns, white stripes on their heads, and white or yellow underneath. Males have red throats.

Least Concern - Population Decreasing



nesting habits:

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers nest in tree cavities.

seasons yellow-bellied sapsuckers are active in our area:



Sap, insects, and spiders

hunting Behavior:

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers forage by drilling for sap and catching insects in the air.

Commonly Confused With:

Downy Woodpeckers and Hairy Woodpeckers

Male downy woodpecker foraging on a thin limb

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers are often confused with downy woodpeckers because both are black and white woodpeckers.  Yellow-bellied sapsuckers are larger.

Hairy woodpecker foraging in a tree trunk

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers are often confused hairy woodpeckers  with because both are black and white.  Yellow-bellied sapsuckers a white patch on their wings.

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