Red-naped Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus nuchalis
L 8 1/2″ (22 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Soft, slurred “whee-ur” or “mew.” Do not drum, but instead give taps in a broken series.

Description: Long white wing patch; barred back; white rump; black chest band separates throat from yellowish belly; red nape, forehead, and throat. Female is similar but the throat is only partly red and the chin is white. Juvenile is brownish overall.

red naped sapsucker
Habitat: Deciduous forest.

Where in Nebraska: Accidental. Three specimen records for Sioux County.

Fun Facts: Red-naped Sapsuckers don’t suck sap, but the tip of the tongue has hair-like projections that help it pick up sap.

Additional Information: Once considered a subspecies of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.