Williamson's Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus thyroideus

Order

PICIFORMES

Family

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Code 4

WISA

Code 6

SPHTHY

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Williamson's Sapsucker has a large reaching up to around 650,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in Canada, Mexico and the United States. This species likes forested areas and will be found in temperate, tropical and subtropical forest environments. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 310,000 individual birds. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Williamson's Sapsucker have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Williamson's Sapsucker: Medium-sized woodpecker with black back and white rump. Bright red throat, breast is black, belly is yellow, and flanks are barred black-and-white. Black head has two white facial stripes. Black wings have large white shoulder patches. Tail is black, legs and feet are gray.

 

Range and Habitat

Williamson's Sapsucker: Breeds from southern British Columbia south to southern California, central Arizona, and central New Mexico. Spends winters in the southern part of breeding range and in the southwest and Mexico. Ponderosa pine forests, open coniferous forests, and subalpine forests in the southwest are preferred habitats.

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Williamson's Sapsucker SONGS AND CALLS

Williamson's Sapsucker A2

Drumming from a male bird.

Williamson's Sapsucker A1

"Chyaah" calls and tapping from a male bird.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"churrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Williamson's Sapsucker was first described in 1852 by John Cassin, an American ornithologist.
  • Originally, the female was considered to be a different species and named the Black-breasted Woodpecker by Cassin.
  • The species took its common name from Lieutenant Robert Stockton Williamson, who was the leader of a surveying expedition which collected the first male.
  • A group of sapsuckers are collectively known as a "slurp" of sapsuckers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X