The Williamson’s Sapsucker is a resident of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson and east of Green Valley. This is a medium sized woodpecker, with a bright red throat and yellow stomach on a mostly black body. The undersides are black and white speckled. There is a distinct white striping around the eyes. The tail is all black, as are the legs and feet. The name comes from a man by the name of Robert Stockton Williamson, a surveyor who collected the first specimen.
For a long time, the female was thought to be a completely different species since she looks so different from the male. Ornithologist called her a Black-breasted Woodpecker until scientists figured out she was the same species as the Williamson’s.
Look for this woodpecker and many other species of birds along the many hiking trails in the Santa Ritas.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; whatbird.com