sap·​suck·​er | \ ˈsap-ˌsə-kər How to pronounce sapsucker (audio) \

Definition of sapsucker

: any of a genus (Sphyrapicus) of North American woodpeckers that drill holes in trees in order to obtain sap and insects for food

Examples of sapsucker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For trees in stress with yellow leaves, mistletoe, sapsucker damage, dead tip growth and other symptoms, apply the entire Sick Tree Treatment. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 Other North American woodpeckers that cache are downy, red-headed, hairy, Lewis, red-bellied, gila, golden-fronted and red-bellied sapsucker. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 24 Nov. 2020 Prior to Hercules' tenure at the airport, wildlife strikes have included at least two coyotes, two deer, three bats, three geese and a yellow bellied sapsucker. Rick Steelhammer,, 25 Aug. 2020 Other highlights included a prairie warbler, a common yellowthroat, a rusty blackbird, and 3 yellow-bellied sapsuckers in Wellfleet, and a vesper sparrow in Truro., 14 Jan. 2020 Yep, those straight rows or columns of holes in the trunks and limbs of your tree are compliments of the pretty sapsucker woodpecker. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2019 The holes are not caused by borers, but instead by woodpeckers or sapsuckers. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, 27 Apr. 2018 This is the time of year sapsucker can be active (late winter through spring). Contributing Writer,, 19 Feb. 2018 Leave the bark covered until late April when the sapsuckers migrate north. Dan Gill,, 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sapsucker

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Sapsucker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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