Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

On 9 April 2017, I banded a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This individual gave me pause, because I thought females’ crowns were red. (Males also have red throats.)

A quick review of the literature indicates the female crowns vary. Often they are red, like the one in this previously posted image. You can find females with black crowns. In the second edition of his guide, Sibley illustrates a black-crowned sapsucker. Crowns can also be “mixed red and black, black with red spots on [the] forehead, or [be] black with buffy markings” (Walters et al. 2002).

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