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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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Copyright by: The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, all rights reserved.
General Description
The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker breeds from southeastern Alaska east across Canada and south to the Upper Midwest, east to New England and south through New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia (Sibley 2014). This species winters from Kansas, Missouri, central Illinois, central Indiana, central Ohio, southeastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey south through the southern U.S. (Walters et al. 2002). In Montana, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has several spring and fall records over the past decade (Montana Bird Distribution Committee 2012).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range
Uncommon Migrant

Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 39

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker — Sphyrapicus varius.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from