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Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) juvenile | by R-Gasman
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Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) juvenile

Dinner Bay, Mayne Island.


The Red-breasted Sapsucker is a woodpecker of the forests of the west coast of North America. It breeds from southeast Alaska and British Columbia south through the Pacific Coast Ranges of western Washington and Oregon and northern California.


Some Red-breasted Sapsuckers are migratory while others reside in a single area. In Pacific Northwest, birds from interior may move to coast or southward; coastal birds may be permanent residents. Southern populations may move to lower elevations or short distance south in winter.


Red-breasted Sapsuckers typically raise a single brood each year. Both sexes incubate the 5 to 6 eggs for 12 to 13 days. Both feed the young, which leave the nest after 25 to 29 days. The young are dependent on the parents for ten days or so thereafter.


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Taken on June 24, 2015