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Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber

Photo: Kyle Blaney; 2014 Jun 17; Canada, British Columbia; Morton Lake Provincial Park; Adult;
Song: It is very difficult to distinguish between Red-breasted, Red-naped and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers by voice or drumming alone. The contact "neeah" call may slightly hoarser and lower pitched than that of the Yellow-bellied. The territorial "quEE-ah" call and "wick-a-wick-a" contact call are very similar between all three species. Drumming occurs in bursts of approximately 5 taps which decrease in speed.
Sound: John Neville (Bird Songs of Canada's West Coast); Canada, British Columbia; Salt Spring Island; Adult; Primary Sound;

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