The Red-naped Sapsucker is a medium-sized woodpecker. Their breeding habitat is mixed forests in the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin areas of North America.
They nest in a cavity in a dead tree.
Adults have a black head with a red forehead, white stripes, and a red spot on the nape; they have a white lower belly and rump. They have a yellow breast and upper belly. They are black on the back and wings with white bars; they have a large white wing patch. Adult males have a red throat patch; for females, the lower part of the throat is red, the upper part white.
They drill holes in trees and eat the sap as well as insects attracted to it. They sometimes catch insects in flight; they also eat seeds and berries.