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A Record of Sphyrapicus Varius Varius for California

John Davis, Thomas R. Howell
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
53
Issue: 
2 (March-April)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1951
Pages: 
102

A Record of Sphyrapicus’ varius varius for California: On July 19, 1950, a mummified sapsucker was found in a deodar tree (Cedrus deodura) at 1420 East Mountain Street, Pasadena, California, and was subsequently identified by us as the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius varius. The bird is a female in the first adult plumage. Its coloration is that of typical varius, although the individual is slightly aberrant in that four of the’most anterior chin feathers are red. Distortion is so great that wing and tail measurements cannot be taken accurately. Sphyrapicus varius varius is not included in Grinnell and Miller’s list of birds of California (Pac. Coast Avif. No. 27, 1944), and this is apparently the first recorded occurrence of that subspecies in the state of California. The specimen is no. 51136 in the collection of Robert T. Moore.-JOHN DAVIS, Moore Laboratory of Zoology, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, Colijornia, an.d THOMAS R. HOWELL, Dickey Collection, University of Cnlijornia, Los Angeles, California, October 26,1950. 

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