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Yellow-bellied or Red-naped Sapsucker?

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Saw this bird yesterday near the Kern River in CA.  I'm not skilled enough to determine the ID.  Thanks for your help.

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That's a male Red-naped Sapsucker. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers would have a complete black border around the throat and lack the red nape (back of head region).

Also, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are quite rare in California.

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On 1/12/2020 at 12:02 PM, akandula said:

That's a male Red-naped Sapsucker. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers would have a complete black border around the throat and lack the red nape (back of head region).

Also, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are quite rare in California.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are rare in CA, but do occur regularly enough that any sapsucker in CA should be treated with care. Especially in fall and winter, Red-breasted, Red-naped, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers AND hybrids are all possible.

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