Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus ruber

Order

PICIFORMES

Family

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Code 4

RBSA

Code 6

SPHRUB

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

4 - 5



Incubation Days:

12 - 13



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

15 - 100 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Usually no materials except a few bark chips.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Medium-sized woodpecker with black-and-white barred upperparts, yellow belly, and white rump. Head, nape, throat, and breast are bright red; moustache stripe is yellow. Wings are checkered black-and-white with large white patches. Sexes are similar. Juvenile has dark red-brown head, nape, and breast.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Four to five white eggs are laid in a cavity drilled in a tree. Incubation ranges from 12 to 13 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Feeds on sap, bark cambium, insects, especially ants, and some fruits. Drills sap wells in a variety of tree species.

Readily Eats

Suet, Sunflower Seed, Nuts, Sugar Water, Fruit

Vocalization

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Call is a soft, slurred "whee-ur" or "mew."

Similar Species

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Other woodpeckers in range lack large white patches on wings.

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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