Up in the left corner, at top of snag, is a good example of a young Red-breasted Sapsucker's juvenal plumage, it lacks red feathering. The center, top photo is of a sapsucker molting and its pink skin is visible. This species will undergo a molt after breeding, between June and September.

Sapsuckers are mono-morphic, meaning both sexes have the same plumage. This is unique among the five species discussed in this woodpecker section.

Lower, center photo shows how broad this woodpecker’s bill is at the base and pointed at the tip, making it a fine, precision instrument for creating sapwells.

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