The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker does exist and it does feed on sap. This woodpecker drills rows of holes in the tree bark and visits them periodically to eat the sap that oozes out. Damage to the tree is minor. This species is common in the northern and eastern parts of the United States.
- Feeds on a wide variety of insects, including many ants attracted to the sap. Also regularly feeds on tree sap and on berries and fruits.
- Site is a cavity in a tree, usually a deciduous tree such as aspen, poplar or birch. Favors trees affected by tinder fungus which softens the heartwood while leaving the outer part of the trunk firm. Both parents help excavate the cavity. No other next material other than wood chips.
- 5-6, white in color. Incubation, 12-13 days, is by both sexes, with the male incubating at night and part of the day.
- Both parents feed the young by bringing them insects, sap and fruit. Young leave the nest after 25-29 days after hatching. Parents teach the young the sapsucker habit, feeding them for about 10 days after they leave the nest. 1 brood per year.