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    Red-naped Sapsucker Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Red-naped Sapsucker is a medium-sized woodpecker with a slight peak to the back of the head. It clings vertically to trees giving it an elongated appearance. The bill is stout and sharply pointed.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Downy Woodpecker, smaller than a Northern Flicker.

      Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.5-8.3 in (19-21 cm)
        • Weight: 1.1-2.3 oz (32-66 g)
        • Wingspan: 16.1-16.9 in (41-43 cm)