The rat-ta-tat-tat of a woodpecker is a well-known sound.  Woodpeckers are found in almost all places where there are trees.

Sapsucker Woodpecker

When a woodpecker drums on the trees, it may be chiseling out a nest, drilling holes in wood to get something to eat or it may be drumming out a song to its mate.

Woodpecker called sapsuckers get their names from their habit of drilling rows of small rounds holes in the bark of trees and drinking the sap that collects.

The sapsucker’s tongue ends in a brush.  It uses this to lap up the liquid sap.

Sapsuckers drill so many holes in the bark of a tree that their work sometimes injures the tree.

Sap, however, is not the only food the sapsucker eats.  Its diet also includes insects and wild fruits.

A common sapsucker of North America is the yellow-bellied sapsucker.   Its belly, as its name tells, is yellow.  – Dick Rogers

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