WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Williamson’s Sapsucker– Sphyrapicus thyroideus
Name Roots: (Gr. sphyra, “a hammer”; L. picus, “a woodpecker”– Gr. thyreos, “a guard’; oidos, “like” [the breast])
Male is apparent, with white wing coverts, rump, supercilium, and moustachial stripe contrasting highly with rainbowlike black upperparts, head, and breast; red spot on chin and upper throat in grownup; tummy yellow.
Adult woman, in striking contrast to male, has a brownish head with odd moustachial striping; wings, upperparts, and flanks greatly disallowed with tones of white, brown, and black; and no white wing coverts; it has a partially black breast, yellow tummy, and white rump
DISTRIBUTION & & OCCURRENCE IN THE SIERRA NEVADA
The Williamson’s Sapsucker is a Fairly Common Yearround Resident in the Sierra Nevada of the Upper Montane and Subalpine biotic zones.
CONSERVATION STATUS —IUCN Red List Category
PLAYING WITH PHOTOSHOP — Dry Brush Filter