Northern Flicker – red shafted


(Colaptes auratus)

Northern Flicker is a common member of the woodpecker family, often seen on the ground eating its favorite food – ants. The red-shafted (western) race male has a red facial (malar) stripe and rusty-red vent, while the yellow-shafted (eastern) race male instead shows its red color on its nape and has a black malar stripe and a yellow vent. Both races show a prominent white rump patch, which is easily seen in flight.

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One Response to Northern Flicker – red shafted

  1. farmingfolks says:

    Just saw a Northern flicker in my backyard, digging for something! glad I had your site figure out what bird it was 🙂

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