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Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus ruber

This bird breeds in coniferous forests of the northern Pacific Coast. In San Diego County, they rarely breed, and then only at the highest elevations (4600-6000′). Like the Red-Naped sapsucker, these birds were once believed to be a subspecies of the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. Given the common behaviours (sap-sucking), the similarity of their vocalizations and drumming sounds, it is easy to see how such a conclusion could be drawn.

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