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

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Science Article 5


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 wells.

Eloise F. Potter, The Chat, Vol. 67, No. 3, Summer 2003

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