Gilded Flicker ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Gilded Flicker

Once considered a subspecies of Northern Flicker,the smaller Gilded Flicker is restricted to deserts of northwestern Mexico and southern Arizona, with a small, disjunt population on the California-Nevada border.

It resembles Red-shafted Flicker (the western subspecies of Northern 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.

Differs from Red-shafted Flicker in bight yellow underwings, warm cinnamon crown oblong spots on lower belly and flanks, and more black on rectrices when viewed from below.

VOICE Like Northern Flicker but higher-pitched.

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  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    what a beautiful bird, wonderful capture

  • Thank you Robert very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Neil Swenser
    Neil Swenserover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Kim, and what an interesting looking bird.

  • Thank you Neil, I appreciate that Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    I just love these birds, which I have never seen except in photos (mainly yours!) What gorgeous markings! A lovely capture, Kimberly! ;o)

  • They are very striking indeed~ Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 4 years ago

    Nice capture & lighting.Beautiful bird….Hugs…Tom

  • Thank you so very much Tom!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture, and very well written!

  • I appreciate that Pamela, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 4 years ago


  • Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Great catch of this almost camouflaged bird – the red mustache shrieks to the world at large.

  • It does, doesn’t it? Thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Macky
    Mackyover 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured in perfect light!!

  • Thank you Macky very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Kimberly. He has a big strong beak.

  • Yes he does, it is something else when he is deep in focus digging at the ground!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rstrick2
    Rstrick2over 4 years ago

    great work on this one. i have never seen this type of flicker. we have Northern flickers here.

  • They have him listed as a Northern flicker in the museum. however my research says he is a gilded because of his yellow underwing (which you can see just enough of). Who knows, but I am sticking with gilded…..

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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