Northern Flicker

Kingfishers and Woodpeckers

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

All Year

Kingfishers and Woodpeckers

Northern Flicker

Daniel Fitzgerald

Northern Flicker

Daniel Fitzgerald

You can find this species in woodlands.


Brown back with black barring, white rump (easily visible in flight), spotted underparts, and red-colored underwings identify this species. Moustache on the side of male's face is red. Unlike other woodpeckers, often seen feeding on the ground. 


Nests in cavities in trees, wooden posts, or utility poles. Eats insects, especially ants and beetles; fruits and seeds.

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