Bird of the Week: Red Naped Sapsucker

Red Naped Sapsucker

(summer breeding)
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Red-naped Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Size and Shape: The Red-naped Sapsucker is a medium-sized woodpecker with a slight peak to the back of the head. It clings vertically to trees giving it an elongated appearance. The bill is stout and sharply pointed.
Both Sexes
Length: 7.5-8.3 in (19-21 cm)
Weight: 1.1-2.3 oz (32-66 g)
Wingspan: 16.1-16.9 in (41-43 cm)
Color Pattern: Red-naped Sapsuckers are black and white overall with a red cap, nape, and throat. They have a long white bar on the folded wing. A black stripe through the eye is bordered by white stripes. The belly is mottled black and white, with a dingy or yellowish cast. Female Red-naped Sapsuckers have a white patch on the chin while males have entirely red chins. Juveniles have a brown cap and an overall brown wash on their belly and head.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is not seen very often in Yellow Pine.
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