Category: Piciformes

Male-Female Interactions by Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers on Wintering Grounds

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Science Article 5 abstract On 23 March 2002, in my wooded yard near Zebulon, Wake County,NC, I watched two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus varius), a maleand a female, engage in behavior I had never before witnessed. The malewas perched on the trunk of a small hickory (Carya sp.) having bark riddledwith sapsucker […]

Altruism in nesting Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Science Article 6 abstract Power (1975, Science 189: 142) presented the theory of altruism in describing experiments designed to test it on wild Mountain Bluebirds (Sialia currucoides). He considered his results negative, but they are pertinent to observations I presented briefly (Kilham 1971, Wilson Bull. 83: 159) but not in detail, […]

Sap tree feeding preference by Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus varius) based ontree size and species in Cheboygan County, northern lower Michigan

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Science Article 7 abstract To test for preference in choice of sap trees, the area surrounding an active YellowbelliedSapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius ) nest was surveyed using four randomly selected20 x 20m plots at the University of Michigan Biological Station in Cheboygan County,Michigan Amanda L. McLenon, unknown Download article download full text […]

Minimizing Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker Damage

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Science Article 1 abstract The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a migratory woodpecker that feeds on a widevariety of orchard, shade, and forest trees. Instead of drilling holes to find insectslike other woodpeckers, sapsuckers drill holes in living trees to feed on sap andphloem tissues. Gayne G. Erdmann and Ralph M. Peterson, North […]

Sexual differences in physical condition in the White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos

White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos) Science Article 1 abstract Body-mass and wing-length of adultWhite-backedWoodpeckers Dendrocopos leucotos were measured in 57 males and 55 females in Surnadal community in western Norway during November-June from 1985 to 2001. The mean physical condition (ratio bodymass : wing length) of reproducing females in coastal areas was better than of females […]


Swallow-winged Puffbird (Chelidoptera tenebrosa) Science Article 1 abstract Recently Skutch (Wilson Bull., 60, 1948:81-97) published an important article on the life history of certain puff-birds in which the Swallow-wing (Ckelidopteru tenebrosa, family Bucconidae) is mentioned briefly. As this is a common bird in Surinam, Dutch Guiana, the following supplementary notes may be of interest. F. […]

Relationship of Veniliornis Cassini Chocoensis and V. Cassini Caquetanus with V. Affinis

Red-stained Woodpecker (Veniliornis affinis) Science Article 1 abstract In reviewing species of the genus Veniliornis for a forthcoming book on the world’s woodpeckers I was able to reevaluate the status of Veniliornis chocoensis Todd (1919, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington3 2: 116; chocoensis is treated universally as a race of V. cassini) and of V. cassinic […]

Nest-site selection and niche partitioning among the Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major and Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius in riverine forest of Central Europe

Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) Science Article 2 abstract We studied nest-site selection of the Great- and Middle Spotted Woodpecker inhabiting the riverine forest remnants of Central Poland. In addition to nest tree characteristics and location in relation to edge proximity, a comparison between nesting and random sites within the woodpeckers’ territories allowed a study […]

Breeding performance of the middle spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos medius in relation to weather and territory quality

Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) Science Article 5 abstract Reproductive success in birds is influenced by a variety of factors, many of which can be attributed to human activities such as land use or forest management. Others like weather or age of the birds are not under human control but are influential as well. From […]

Factors affecting the occurrence of middle spotted and great spotted woodpeckers in deciduous forests ? a case study from Poland.

Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) Science Article 1 abstract Based on published data on 117 deciduous forest sites studied in Poland, relationships between habitat factors (size of study plot, type and age of forest stands) and breeding of great spotted and middle spotted woodpeckers were examined. As compared with middle spotted woodpeckers, great spotted woodpeckers […]