Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick
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Taken at Sweetwater Wetlands Tucson, Az 2010

Red-shafted Flicker (the western subspecies of N. Flicker); Hybrids with Red-shafted are known but are very uncommon, probably because Red-shafts do not breed in deserts but in pine-oak woodlands. Gilded Flickers differ from Red-shafted Flicker in bright yellow underwings, warm cinnamon crown, oblong spots on lower belly and flanks, and more black on rectrices when viewed from below. The Red-shafted has reddish underwings.

The Northern Flicker is a large terrestrial woodpecker found throughout North America, provided there are trees near open patches of ground for foraging ants, which are their main food item.

Males are similar to females other that a red malar mark.

Northern, Gilded, and Red-shafted Flickers do interbreed where their territories meet. However the zone in which they interbeed seems to be stable in those area rather than spreading.

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  • gdanen
    gdanenalmost 5 years ago

    Kimberly, would this be a female?

  • You have brought to my attention a very interesting task of deeper research ~ For that I thank you! Ok you have a Northern Flicker (Male) (Yellow-shafted(nominate)) The black malar gives it away, Females would lack the black “mustache”. Which Brings me to mine which I will change the title after I am finished here. The Gilded flicker was once considered a subspecies of the Northern Flicker. I will up date the info, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful. Thank you so ever much for adding this fine piece of art to the Woodpeckers From Around The World.

  • Thank you so very much Kat! I was thrilled to learn that there was a group for just these guys~ Thanks for the warm welcome and support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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