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Red-naped Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus nuchalis

Red-naped Sapsucker
copyright Jim Burns
Length: 9 in. (22 cm)
Both in winter broad-leafed forests and in summer coniferous forests, this woodpecker makes rows of small holes in a tree trunk and then returns often to eat the oozing sap as well as insects attracted to the sap. The cavity nest is placed in a soft-wood tree such as a cottonwood or aspen near water. Fruits are used in late summer and fall as a supplemental food. The four-digit banding code is RNSA.

Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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