One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woodpecker of eastern North America with black-and-white plumage, a pale yellow belly, and, in the male, a scarlet crown and throat.
Sphyrapicus varius, family Picidae
- ‘Our latest visitor, number 138, was a woodpecker, a yellow-bellied sapsucker.’
- ‘Evidence of Infestation. - The yellow-bellied sapsucker pecks a series of small holes about 5 mm in diameter in the bark.’
- ‘Another critter that is pesky but usually not lethal is the yellow-bellied sapsucker.’
- ‘The yellow-bellied sapsucker is the only member of the woodpecker family to cause this type of injury.’
- ‘Northern flickers, red-breasted sapsuckers, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers migrate south in winter, returning in early spring.’
- ‘On their breeding grounds, yellow-bellied sapsuckers often reuse the same nest tree, but excavate a new cavity every year.’
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