Williamson's Sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus



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Large sapsucker. Males are mostly black above with vertical white wing patches and 2 white stripes on the face. Note small red throat patch and yellow belly (not visible in photo).


Females have fine horizontal black-and-white barring on the back and a brown head. Females also have a black breast patch (not visible in the photo).

Juvenile female

Juvenile females look like adult females but are paler overall and lack the black breast patch.


Large sapsucker. Black above with vertical white wing patches, 2 white stripes on the face, and a red throat patch. The lower belly is yellow.

Juvenile male

Juvenile males look like adult males but lack the red throat.

Recommended Citation

Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wilsap