The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a small woodpecker that is native to the eastern half of North America. They breed in the northern United States and much of Canada. they spend the winter in the Gulf states, Mexico and Central America. Their main food source is tree sap, hence the name. They will drink sap from over 1000 species of trees and wooded plants but prefer sap with a high sugar content like those from birch and maple trees. In the spring they bore deep holes into the wood and stick their beaks inside to suck out sap. When the trees leaf out they bore a more shallow hole which they maintain over the summer licking the sap that flows from the hole. They will also eat insects the way that other woodpeckers do but they are just a supplement.
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