Northern flicker Colaptes auratus


Identification Tips:

"Yellow-shafted"

"Red-shafted"

Similar species:

The Gilded Flicker can be told from the "Red-shafted Flicker" by its yellow underwings and from the "Yellow-shafted Flicker" by its lack of red at the rear of the head, pale brown cap and pale gray face, a paler brown back, and the male sports a red rather than black whisker.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.


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