Utah Bird Profile
 Williamson's Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus thyroideus

Name Roots: (Gr. sphyra, "a hammer"; L. picus, "a woodpecker" - Gr. thyreos, "a shield'; oidos, "like" [the breast])

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by Paul Higgins

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in a deciduous tree or in a conifer at a height of 3-60 feet, in a cavity nest. This species is not a cowbird host. During the breeding season, this species is an omnivore: bark excavator. During the non-breeding seasons this species is an insectivore: bark gleaner.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in sub-alpine conifer and aspen habitats.
How to find: This is another beautiful woodpecker, especially the male, and itís not easy to locate either. Listed as uncommon summer and rare winter on the state checklist one of the most consistent locations recently has been near Provo Falls on the Provo River just off State Highway 150 (Mirror Lake Highway) east of Kamas in the Wasatch National Forest. Other sightings this year have been at Lytle Ranch and Pine Valley campground in southwestern Utah, Main Canyon west of Strawberry Reservoir in central Utah and in the Brighton area in the mountains east of Salt Lake City. This is a high elevation bird and seems to prefer a mixture of aspen and conifer trees, especially fir. Unlike all other woodpeckers in the U.S., this species shows a strong difference between male and female plumages. ~ Merrill Webb

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