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Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Closely resembling the Gilded Flicker, the Northern Flicker can be found over most of North America and central Mexico. It, however, does not very often occupy the same territory with its ‘Gilded’ relative. Eastern Northern Flickers have yellow shafts on their feathers, while western birds have red or orange shafts.

Northern Flickers are the only woodpeckers that frequently forage on the ground. Ants make up almost half of their diet. There are reports of a slight decline in populations. The cause of the decline is believed to be due to invasions of European Starlings, who out compete most other native birds for cavity nesting.

      Northern Flicker Laff
      Northern Flicker KeeYer Call

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