Red-naped Sapsuckers

The Red-naped Sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) are medium-sized woodpeckers that occur naturally in mixed forests in the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin areas of North America. They migrate south.


The adult has a black head with a red forehead, white stripes and a red spot on the nape.

The lower abdomen and rump is white. The breast and upper belly is yellow. The back is black.

There are white bars on the wings. They also have a large white wing patch.

Adult males can be differentiated by the red throat patch.

In females, the lower part of the throat is red, the upper part is white.

Red-naped Sapsucker

Diet / Feeding:

They drill holes in trees and eat the sap, as well as insects attracted to it. They sometimes catch insects in flight. They also feed on seeds and berries.

Breeding / Nesting:

They generally nest in tree cavities.

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