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

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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, "Is that tree damage from woodpeckers or borer insects?," 13 Aug. 2019 The holes are not caused by borers, but instead by woodpeckers or sapsuckers. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Oak trees bring majesty to the landscape, but they do have their difficulties | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Apr. 2018 This is the time of year sapsucker can be active (late winter through spring). Contributing Writer,, "Will it fit a state-of-the-art TV? 8 tips for upgrading an outdated entertainment center," 19 Feb. 2018 Leave the bark covered until late April when the sapsuckers migrate north. Dan Gill,, "Noticed rows of holes in your trees? It's likely sapsucker damage," 17 Feb. 2018 The forest also is home to bear, coyote, deer and birds from hairy woodpeckers to red-breasted sapsuckers. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "A vast new green jewel for the region in largest-ever community campaign led by Forterra," 25 Dec. 2017 Hach-Otis' new piece hosts nests of rare birds, including the yellow-bellied sapsucker and cerulean warbler. Grant Segall,, "Scenic Hach-Otis Sanctuary in Lake County expands, adds rich floodplains (photos)," 14 May 2017 Kai noted two red-tailed hawks soaring above the building line along Central Park West, then abruptly stopped midsentence and peered through his binoculars at a yellow-bellied sapsucker and then at a yellow-rumped warbler. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "What Makes a New York City Kid? OCT. 21, 2016," 20 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of sapsucker

1805, in the meaning defined above

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