Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus ruber

Order

PICIFORMES

Family

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Code 4

RBSA

Code 6

SPHRUB

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-breasted Sapsucker has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 square kilometers. Native to North America, this bird prefers boreal, temperate, subtropical, or tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 2,500,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-breasted Sapsucker is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Medium-sized woodpecker with black-and-white barred upperparts, pale yellow belly, and white rump. The head, nape, throat, and breast are bright red; moustache stripe is white. The wings are checkered black-and-white with large white patches. Black bill, gray legs and feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Breeds from southeastern Alaska and British Columbia south along the Pacific coast to southern California. Spends winters in most of its breeding range, with the exception interior British Columbia. Preferred habitats include woodlands, forest edges, and groves of aspen and alder.

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Red-breasted Sapsucker SONGS AND CALLS

Red-breasted Sapsucker A1

Harsh "waah" calls from a pair.

Red-breasted Sapsucker A2

Drumming.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"whee-ur", "mew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-breasted Sapsucker prefers to drill sap wells in riparian species such as those in the willow and birch families. They also like other deciduous trees like orchard crops.
  • The Rufous Hummingbird is closely associated with this sapsucker. It nests near sap wells and may follow the woodpecker around during the day, feeding at the wells the sapsucker keeps flowing.
  • These birds interbreed with the Red-naped Sapsucker or Yellow-bellied Sapsucker where their ranges overlap.
  • 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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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X