Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Brilliantly marked, shy, ground-foraging, and migratory.  Common throughout North America; many migrate south in winter; prefers woodlands, forest edges and parks.  Large woodpecker, with thin, curved bill; tan with black stripes above, pale with spots below; red nape; bright gold underwing, white rump.   Loud call is often heard.  Often forages on ground for insects; also eats seeds and berries, especially in winter.  Usually excavate nest in dead tree.  Lifespan up to 9 years.  Population ~ 9 million and declining. 


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January 24, 2015