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Any of various North and Central American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus that drill holes in certain trees to drink the sap and eat insects attracted to it, especially S. varius, the common species in the east, and S. ruber, found along the west coast.


(Animals) either of two North American woodpeckers, Sphyrapicus varius or S. thyroideus, that have white wing patches and feed on the sap from trees


(ˈsæpˌsʌk ər)

any of several North American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus that drill holes in trees for sap and to catch insects attracted by sap.
[1795–1805, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sapsucker - small American woodpecker that feeds on sap from e.g. apple and maple treessapsucker - small American woodpecker that feeds on sap from e.g. apple and maple trees
peckerwood, woodpecker, pecker - bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
genus Sphyrapicus, Sphyrapicus - a genus of Picidae
Sphyrapicus varius, yellow-bellied sapsucker - eastern North American sapsucker having a pale yellow abdomen
red-breasted sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius ruber - western North American sapsucker
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If the holes are about a quarter inch in diameter and lined up in straight rows, chances are good that the culprits are not borers but instead yellow-bellied sapsuckers.
Woodpeckers called sapsuckers drill rows of holes around a tree's trunk to eat the sap that drips down.
YOU LITTLE THIEF A hummingbird feeds from wells made by sapsuckers
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Birds that feed on hackberries include cedar waxwings, mockingbirds, American robins, bluebirds, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, northern flickers and quail.
This summer's crisply curated show of thirty-two vintage prints at Paula Cooper included a roomful of lush, eye-popping portraits of warblers, sparrows, and sapsuckers, many of them pictured in nests and amid foliage while feeding their young or feasting on worms.
Small-sized woodpeckers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers are found throughout the state.
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers consume plant tissue rich in cellulose as part of their winter diet.
If wells do dog, sapsuckers gouge out replacements, and over time, a single tree can become covered with hundreds of phloem wells.
For example Red-breasted Sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus ruber) and Rednaped Sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) show no latitudinal trends in clutch size (Walters et.
Up in the Cascades, at Salt Creek Falls near Oakridge, watch for black swifts, red-breasted sapsuckers, Nashville warblers and several types of woodpeckers.
When hummingbirds return in the spring, even some of the spring ephemeral flowers aren't open yet," she says, "but sapsuckers make holes in trees, and the hummingbirds feed off the sap and the insects attracted to that sap.