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Sapsucker, Red-breasted
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Sphyrapicus ruber
Alaska, Alberta, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Canada, Central America and Caribbean, Global, Idaho, Illinois, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, North America, Oregon, Texas, United States, Utah, Washington, Yukon Read more
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This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or ...
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Adults have a red head and upper chest; they have a white lower belly and rump. They are black on the back and wings with bars; they have a large white wing patch. Red-Breasted Sapsuckers nest in tree cavities. Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range; birds on the coast are often permanent residents. Like other sapsuckers, these birds drill holes in trees and eat the sap as well as insects attracted to it. They sometimes catch insects in flight; they also eat seeds and berries. These birds interbreed with the Red-naped Sapsucker or Yellow-bellied Sapsucker where their ranges overlap.[ 1] ...
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