Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Northern Flicker
Photo courtesy of Tom Grey
Description:
Brown back barred with brown on black; spotted underparts. Black crescent at throat. White rump conspicuous in flight. Brown crown, gray face with red cheek stripe on male. Length 12
½”
Voice:
A loud series of wick-er notes or a single, loud klee-yer or kee-yar. Fairly vocal; often heard but not seen.
Food:
Insects, especially ants, berries, fruit.
Nest:
Habitat:
Open woodlands, suburban areas.
Range:
Throughout North America.
Migration:
Comments:
The Northern flicker has two types: Red-shafted in the west with wings reddish underneath and Yellow-shafted in the east, with wings yellowish underneath.

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