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Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

An uncommon, 8- 9 inch bird that migrates to Virginia For the Winter.

Males have a black and white checkered back with white patches on the wings. The breast and belly are yellow. They have a bright red forehead, crown and chin.

Females are the same as males except, they have a white chin.

Juveniles are the similar to females but duller and have no red.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers eat insects, tree sap and occasionally suet. They drill holes down a tree to lick the sap with their tongues.