Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) | Avelgood Apps

All northern flickers show a bold black chest crescent, a white rump, and bright color (salmon-red or yellow) of their flight feathers. They are pale to rich buffy white below with black spotting. They have brown to grey-brown backs with black barring. Adult sexes are similar, but males have a malar mark (red in the to red-shafted, to black in the to yellow-shafted to ) that is lacking in females. They have a slim, rounded head,and long, flared tail that tapers to a point. Their length is 32cm(12in).

Habitat and Distribution

They are found widely in open woodlands, parklands, suburban areas, riparian and montane forests. Northern populations of Yellow-shafted Flickers and northern interior Red-shafteds are highly migratory.


They eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill.



Calls and Songs

Flight call – soft, rolling wirrr or whurdle . They also give a piercing, descending klee-yer or keeew is given year-round. Interacting birds give a soft, slow wick-a wick-a wicka call.

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