French: Pic à poitrine rouge German: Feuerkopf-Saftlecker Spanish: Chupasavia pechirrojo
J. F. Gmelin
Cayenne; error = Nootka Sound, British Columbia, Canada
Subspecies and Distribution
S. r. ruber
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – S Alaska S to W Oregon.
S. r. daggetti
Grinnell, 1901 – SW Oregon, N & E California and W Nevada.
20–22 cm; 40–55 g. Both sexes have bright red head, neck and breast, brightest in spring, some black feather bases visible when very worn (summer), white nasal... read more
Mewing, rather drawn-out “meeah”, quiet “puc” or “pwuc” notes, also other call types; voice much as... read more
Mixed deciduous and coniferous forest and forest edge, particularly associations of aspen (... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods and sap; presumably, nuts and fruits also taken. Insects, especially ants, comprise an important nestling food. Diet and... read more
Apr–Jul. Monogamous; solitary. Nest usually high up in tree, conifer apparently preferred. Clutch 4–7 eggs; incubation 14... read more
Resident and short-distance migrant. Less migratory than congeners; nominate race more or less... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reasonably common throughout most of its range; race daggetti fairly common in Sierra Nevada; no detailed information on numbers. Outside... read more
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