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Flicker Friday

Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus) are found across North America and in parts of Central America and the Caribbean.

On the west coast of the United States, the Northern Flickers are red-shafted, meaning that the shafts of the feathers are red. On the east coast, Northern Flickers are yellow-shafted, as seen in the featured image.

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted). Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Male Yellow-shafted Northern Flickers have black malars (or a mustache), while the females do not. The photograph above offers a comparison of the two sexes. The photo below is of a female Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted). Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Northern Flickers are woodpeckers, however, you will typically find them foraging on the ground.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted). Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

The Northern Flickers in these photos are in trees because they were accidentally flushed from the ground. They are year round residents in Maryland and can be seen in all of the lower 48 states.


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