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Ruber or Daggetti Red-breasted Sapsucker, Sacramento, California.

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Is this Ruber? If so it is quiet rare for this area. It seems to have very limited white on the face and yellow on the belly. However the back is not as black as the photos of Ruber I've seen and the white lines seem to be too wide. 







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  • Aidan B changed the title to Ruber or Daggetti Red-breasted Sapsucker, Sacramento, California.
19 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

No need to call it anything other than Red-breasted Sapsucker

Completely agree. With these photos I would be hesitant to ID the bird to ssp. It's much more likely a daggetti due to back pattern and the head is less bright than on ruber, but who knows how many pure RBSA there are out there anyways? I'd leave it at Red-breasted Sapsucker.

Typical ruber back patterning is much more faint and less pronounced than daggetti. Like this.


To quote Peter Pyle though "it's possible that no sapsuckers in western North America are completely "pure" in the genetic sense, so we have to draw lines somewhere."

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18 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

it's head glowed


This was certainly noticable with this sapsucker, the bright head is what caught my eye when I first saw it. It was a more vibrant shade of red.

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