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Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Photo: AnneE
Location: Calgary, Canada


Black and white head, red forecrown, red chin and throat, female has a white throat, yellow belly, narrow red band on the nape.


Western United States, from British Columbia east to Montana and Wyoming south to northern Mexico and western Texas. Unccommon in coastal California.



Deciduous or mixed forests.


It drills holes in trees and eats the sap as well as insects attracted to it. The diet includes insects caught in flight, seeds and berries.

They nest in a tree cavity.

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