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

22 January 2022
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
15 January 2022
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
04 January 2022
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
31 December 2021
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
29 December 2021
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
27 December 2021
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
20 January 2020
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
18 January 2020
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
21 October 2019
El Dorado County California
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker
17 February 2016
Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker

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 23 January 2022