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Aug 19, 2010 20:31 |  #1

I think this is a red naped sapsucker due to the slight red below the beak and above the beak on the forehead. Seems to have the same white pattern on the face. However, the yellowish breast is confusing me. It was in East Glacier, MT so it's possible it's a Yellow Breasted Sapsucker. Any thoughts?

Either way, he is really hard looking so I'm guessing a juvenile. Enjoy!


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Aug 19, 2010 20:34 |  #2

Here is another angle for possible ID purposes.


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Aug 20, 2010 18:24 |  #3

What size was this bird?


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Aug 21, 2010 20:39 |  #4

From the first picture I would say it is a yellow-breasted sapsucker. It's trying to get the white band down the wing.


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Aug 21, 2010 20:45 |  #5

It looks like a juvenile bird what ever it is, that makes it harder too.


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Aug 22, 2010 19:22 |  #6

It was about the size of a hairy woodpecker. It wasn't downy size. There were other woodpeckers in the area including american three toed and black backed. Given the slight coloring above and below the beak I ruled them out but I'm not sure if that's smart or not. The yellowish tinge on the chest is confusing me making me think it's a yellow breasted sapsucker but I'm not sure they are common in East Glacier, MT which makes me doubt that thought.


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Aug 22, 2010 20:18 |  #7

Yea I don't know what woodpeckers you have there.


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Aug 23, 2010 06:50 |  #8

I think that where you are, it is more likely to be an immature Red-naped Sapsucker than a Yellow-bellied (which are very closely related, and immatures look almost identical.) Don't let the yellowish wash on the breast fool you, Red-naped (especially interior) can and often have a yellowish wash too.


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