7 Things to Know About Northern Flicker

The Northern Flicker is a large woodpecker with gentle expressions and black-scalloped plumage. They have long, flared tails that taper off, rounded heads, and slightly curved bills.

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Brown Northern Flickers have distinctive yellow/red wings and a white rump patch. Patterned plumage, 11-12.2 inches long, half Hairy Woodpecker's size.

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Breeding Male

Resembling males, females lack mustache (East) or red (West). Brown with patterned plumage, yellow or red wings. Same size and weight.

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Female

Juvenile Northern Flickers change colors, stay in nests for 24-27 days. Two subspecies: red-shafted in the West, yellow-shafted in the East.

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Juvenile

Thriving in open areas with trees, Northern Flickers, including Red-shafted ones, inhabit woodlands, parks, and reach mountain forests in the West.

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Habitat

Dining on insects, seeds, and berries, Northern Flickers use a 2-inch tongue to capture prey, digging for larvae in the process.

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Diet

Ground foragers with distinctive flight, Northern Flickers perch on horizontal branches when alarmed, showcasing aerial duels in spring for mating.

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Behavior

Broad, tan wings, rounded tips. Span: 16.5-20.1 inches. Northern Flicker subspecies share these distinctive features.

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Wing shape

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