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Do You Have Borers or Just a Woodpecker?

posted Jun 3, 2012, 9:21 AM by Bob Whitney   [ updated Jun 3, 2012, 9:31 AM ]
The yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), a member of the woodpecker family, is a migratory bird whose summer breeding range includes Texas.  The identifying field markings of adult birds are a black crescent on the breast, pale yellow belly, white wing stripe, and a crimson crown.  The male also has crimson chin and throat, distinguishing him from the female whose chin and throat are white.

Although insects make up part of its diet, the sapsucker is better known for its boring of numerous holes in the bark of live trees to obtain sap, the activity from which it derives its name.

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