Identification of Northern Flicker woodpeckers_briefly discussed.


Brief information about Northern Flicker: 

Color Pattern:

Overall, the flaps of Northern flicker are brownish in color with a white patch on the rump that is conspicuous in flight and often visible when perched. The underside of the wings and tail feathers are bright yellow in Eastern birds or red in Western birds. Upon closer inspection, you will see that the brown coat is adorned with black spots, stripes, and crescents. 

Identification of northern flicker
Northern flicker : © Matt Davis


Look for flashing lights in open habitats near trees, including woods, fringes, yards, and parks. In the west, you can find them in the Mountain Forests all the way to the base of the trees. 

Behavior of Northern flicker:

Scientific evidences admit that Northern flickers spend a lot of time on the ground and mostly when in trees, they often perch upright on horizontal branches instead of resting their tails on the trunk of the tree. They fly upwards and downwards using heavy flaps interspersed with glides, like most of the woodpeckers. 

Size & Shape: 

Northern flicker Woodpeckers are sizable Woodpeckers with a slender, rounded head, slightly curved beak, and a long, flared tail that tapers to a point. 

Regional Differences:

Talking about North America, It has two distinct races of Northern flickers: eastern yellow-rolled form, occurring in Texas and the Great Plains, and western red-rolled form. The main difference is the color of the feather shaft, which is lemon yellow or rose red. The yellow body forms have a tan face and gray crest, with a red crescent on the nape. Males have a black mustache. The red-bodied mutants have gray faces, brown crowns, and no crescent at the nape, with males having red stripes. Hybrids appear to be intermediate and common at the range limits of these two groups. 

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