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Woodpecker vs. Sapsucker — What's the Difference?

Woodpecker vs. Sapsucker — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Woodpecker and Sapsucker

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Woodpecker

Woodpeckers are part of the family Picidae, that also includes the piculets, wrynecks, and sapsuckers. Members of this family are found worldwide, except for Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Madagascar, and the extreme polar regions.

Sapsucker

The sapsuckers are species of North American woodpeckers in the genus Sphyrapicus.

Woodpecker

Any of various birds of the family Picidae, having strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for clinging to and climbing trees and a chisellike bill for drilling through bark and wood.

Sapsucker

Any of various North and Central American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus that drill holes in certain trees to drink the sap and eat insects attracted to it, especially S. varius, the common species in the east, and S. ruber, found along the west coast.

Woodpecker

Any bird of species-rich family Picidae, with a strong pointed beak suitable for pecking holes in wood.
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Sapsucker

A woodpecker of the eastern United States (of the genus Sphyrapicus) that feeds mainly on the sap of trees

Woodpecker

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Sapsucker

Any woodpecker that punctures the bark of trees and feeds upon the sap.

Woodpecker

Any one of numerous species of scansorial birds belonging to Picus and many allied genera of the family Picidæ.

Sapsucker

Small American woodpecker that feeds on sap from e.g. apple and maple trees

Woodpecker

Bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects

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