photo by Phil Swanson
L 8 1/2″ (22 cm).
Song or calls:
Soft, slurred “whee-ur” or “mew.” Do not drum, but tap in a broken series.
Description: Long, white wing patch; barred back; white rump; black chest band separates throat from a yellowish belly; bold black and white face pattern. Male has a red forehead and throat. Female is similar but has a red forehead and a white throat.
Habitat: Associated with various woodlands, but favors those with poplars or aspens as these are preferred foraging trees.
Where in Nebraska: Uncommon spring and fall migrant in eastern Nebraska, becoming rare in the west. Uncommon winter visitor in southeast, rare to casual elsewhere.
Fun Facts: A group of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers is known as a “slurp” of sapsuckers.
Additional Information: Formerly classified as one species with Red-naped and Red-breasted Sapsuckers.