photographs by Douglas Herr
family Picidae: Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis x ruber)

Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #03, Sacramento County California - 17 February 2016
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #06, El Dorado County California - 21 October 2019
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #07, El Dorado County California - 21 October 2019
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #08, El Dorado County California - 21 October 2019
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #09, Sacramento County California - 18 January 2020
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #10, Sacramento County California - 18 January 2020
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #11, Sacramento County California - 18 January 2020
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #12, Sacramento County California - 18 January 2020
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #13, Sacramento County California - 20 January 2020
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #14, Sacramento County California - 20 January 2020
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #15, Sacramento County California - 20 January 2020
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #16, Sacramento County California - 20 January 2020
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #17, Sacramento County California - 27 December 2021
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #18, Sacramento County California - 29 December 2021
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #19, Sacramento County California - 29 December 2021
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #20, Sacramento County California - 31 December 2021
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #21, Sacramento County California - 04 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #22, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #23, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #24, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #25, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #26, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #27, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #28, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #29, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #30, Sacramento County California - 15 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #31, Sacramento County California - 22 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #32, Sacramento County California - 22 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #33, Sacramento County California - 22 January 2022
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #34, Sacramento County California - 01 February 2023
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #35, Sacramento County California - 01 February 2023
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #36, Sacramento County California - 01 February 2023
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #37, Sacramento County California - 01 February 2023
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #38, Sacramento County California - 01 February 2023
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #39, Sacramento County California - 14 February 2023
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #40, Sacramento County California - 14 February 2023
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #41, Sacramento County California - 14 February 2023
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Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker #42, Sacramento County California - 14 February 2023
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Field identification tips: All sapsuckers (genus Sphyrapicus) are woodpeckers with a bold white stripe on the wing when folded, which may be hidden under body contour feathers. This hybrid shows a variable blend of the black-and-white facial pattern of the Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) with an overlay of the more extensive red crown, nape and breast of the Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber).

Typical range: In spring and summer S. nuchalis x ruber is most likely found near the area where the breeding ranges of S. nuchalis and S. ruber overlap in the western Great Basin of North America. Winter dispersal seems to follow that of S. ruber to the lower elevations of the pacific states. Individuals have also been observed in Arizona, Idaho and Colorado.

all photographs Copyright (C) Douglas Herr
last updated 16 February 2023