The Red-naped Sapsucker is in the woodpecker family, and a resident of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson and east of Green Valley.
This is a medium sized woodpecker, covered with black and white speckles. The head is red on top while the throat and breast is black. It has a white mustache stripe at the base of the nape. The underside of the bird is pale yellow. Look for a black beak, legs and feet. Their black wings have wide white stripes.
The Red-naped Sapsucker will interbreed with the Yellow-bellied sapsucker and sometimes the Red-breasted Sapsucker. At one time they were considered the same race. With all this interbreeding, it can be difficult to correctly identify the species.
Although the name implies that this birds sucks sap, they do not. They are sippers, using their tongues to collect sap, much like a cat drinks water.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; Whatbird.com