Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
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General description.

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is the most widespread of four sapsuckers found in North America. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker can most often be found in the forest drilling holes in trees. These holes are often drilled in a straight line to allow sap to collect so The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker can drink it. Insects are attracted to the sap wells and so the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker eats them. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker most often nests in cavities in trees. During courtship, pairs of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers perform a duet of sorts where they drum together on threes including their nest entrance. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is common and widespread and it is protected by law.

Female appearance.

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker female is imilar to male, but lacking the red throat. The female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker throat is white.

Juvenile appearance.

Juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker lack and red coloration on their bodies. Juveniles are also brown all over instead of black and white.

Flight pattern.

Roller Coaster.

Breeding habits.

Monogamous.

Calls or song.

mew and cheee-er or cheeee-er ans hoih-hoih

Population and distribution.

Fairly common.

Nesting habits.

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nests in trees and lays 4-7 white eggs in May.
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