- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
name = Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
status = LC
status_system = iucn3.1
status_ref = IUCN2007|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=47306|title=Sphyrapicus varius|downloaded=31 July 2007 Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern]
image_caption = Male
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
genus = "
species = "S. varius"
binomial = "Sphyrapicus varius"
binomial_authority = (Linnaeus, 1766)
The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, "Sphyrapicus varius", is a medium-sized
The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is part of the New World sapsucker genus
Sphyrapicuswhich is within the woodpeckerfamily PicidaeThe genus also includes the Red-naped Sapsucker, Red-breasted Sapsuckerand Williamson's Sapsucker.
Adults are black on the back and wings with white bars; they have a black head with white lines down the side and a red forehead and crown, a yellow breast and upper belly, a white lower belly and rump and a black tail with a white central bar. Adult males have a red throat; females have a white throat.
They drum and give a cat-like call in spring to declare ownership of territory.
Distribution and Habitat
Their breeding habitat is forested areas across
Canada, eastern Alaskaand the northeastern United States. They prefer young, mainly deciduousforests. There is also a disjunct population found in high elevations of the Appalachian Mountainsin Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
Ecology and Behavior
sapsuckers, these birds drill holes in trees and eat the sap and insects drawn to it. They may also pick insects from tree trunks or catch them in flight. They also eat fruitand berries.
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers nest in a large cavity excavated in a
deciduoustree, often choosing one weakened by disease; the same site may be used for several years.
They will mate with the same partner from year to year, as long as both birds survive. They sometimes hybridize with
Red-naped Sapsuckers or Red-breasted Sapsuckers where their breeding ranges overlap.
Wintering and Migration
These birds migrate to the
southeastern United States, West Indiesand Central America, leaving their summer range. This species has occurred as a very rare vagrant to Irelandand Great Britain.
* [http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Yellow-bellied_Sapsucker.html Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Species Account] - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
* [http://www.sdakotabirds.com/species/yellow_bellied_sapsucker_info.htm Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Information and Photos] - South Dakota Birds and Birding
* [http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i4020id.html Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - "Melanerpes carolinus"] - USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter
* [http://www.bird-stamps.org/cspecies/10405600.htm Stamps] (for
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbuda, Dominica, El Salvador, Nevis-( Saint Kitts and Nevis), Turks and Caicos Islands)
* [http://ibc.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/especie.phtml?idEspecie=3818 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker videos] on the Internet Bird Collection
* [http://vireo.acnatsci.org/search.html?Form=Search&SEARCHBY=Common&KEYWORDS=yellow-bellied+sapsucker&showwhat=images&AGE=All&SEX=All&ACT=All&Search=Search&VIEW=All&ORIENTATION=All&RESULTS=24 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker photo gallery] VIREO
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yellow-bellied sapsucker — noun eastern North American sapsucker having a pale yellow abdomen • Syn: ↑Sphyrapicus varius • Hypernyms: ↑sapsucker … Useful english dictionary
yellow-bellied sapsucker — a woodpecker, Sphyrapicus varius, of eastern North America, having a red patch on the forehead and black and white plumage with a pale yellow abdomen, and feeding on sap from trees. [1905 10, Amer.] * * * … Universalium
yellow-bellied sapsucker — noun A type of woodpecker. (Sphyrapicus varius) … Wiktionary
Yellow-bellied — may refer to:In ornithology:* Yellow bellied Elaenia, small bird of the tyrant flycatcher family * Yellow bellied Fantail, fantail found in southern Asia * Yellow bellied Flycatcher, small insect eating bird of the tyrant flycatcher family *… … Wikipedia
yellow-bellied woodpecker — noun see yellow bellied sapsucker … Useful english dictionary
yellow-belliedsapsucker — yellow bellied sapsucker n. A sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) having a yellowish belly and in the male a scarlet crown and throat. * * * … Universalium
bellied — [bel′ēd] adj. having a belly, esp. of a specified kind [the yellow bellied sapsucker] … English World dictionary
sapsucker — /sap suk euhr/, n. any of several American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus that drill holes in maple, apple, hemlock, etc., drinking the sap and eating the insects that gather there. Cf. yellow bellied sapsucker. [1795 1805, Amer.; SAP1 +… … Universalium