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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius

This bird is a mid-sized woodpecker, breeding in Canada. It eats mostly arthropods, tree saps, fruits and nuts. A common species that, different to other woodpeckers in the area, migrates South in winter.

Common Names

  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (en)
  • Chupasavia norteño (es)
  • Pic maculé (fr)
  • Gelbbauch-Saftlecker (de)


  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Sphyrapicus varius

Where & When to Spot

The only time I spotted this bird happened in Park Mont-Royal, early spring.

How to Identify

Male and female have a red patch on the forehead. Male have additionally a red throat. The species is similar in appearance to the Hairy Woodpecker but lacks the red patch on the back of its head.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Surprise catch. Usually not very successful in spotting them, this one got close enough for a photo.

Park Mont-Royal - 2014-04-12

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 179mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.5; Iso 400;

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