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Taken with my Canon Powershot SX10IS in my backyard, Marana, Arizona during my R&R weekend.

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 bright 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.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A study reported that European Starlings had no effect on the nesting success of the Gilded Flicker in saguaro cactus, even though the two birds compete for nest holes.
  • In the 1960s, taxonomists grouped the Gilded Flicker with the Red-shafted and Yellow-shafted flickers as a single species, the Northern Flicker, in recognition of the extensive interbreeding of the forms.
  • The limited hybridization of the Gilded Flicker with the other forms, especially in light of their widespread hybrid zone, was the basis for the later change to recognize the Gilded Flicker as its own species.
  • A group of flickers are collectively known as a “guttering”, “menorah”, and “Peterson” of flickers.

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Comments

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 4 years ago

    He’s a beauty!!

  • I was very excited to see him. He was gorgeous indeed! Thank you so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, wow I’ve never seen a bird anything like that. Well done!

  • Thank you very much Deb! I am glad I could bring something new for you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Kimberly … he has quite a long beak!

  • Yes Ma’am, he does have quite the beak, a real handsome bird! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 4 years ago

    Terrific capture !!!

  • Thank you Anthony so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 4 years ago

    I have the northern flicker in the winter, they are so distinctive. I never knew that there were other kinds of flicker. Wonderful image! Dee

  • I didn’t know until I started researching them. We have a few and it is fun to see if I can figure them out before hitting the book, lol. Thank you you for you comments darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    What a great capture, this is excellent work.

  • Thank you so very much my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • okcandids
    okcandidsabout 4 years ago

    Cool capture!

  • Thank you darlin! I appreciate you taking the time to peek into my world!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    His best side, undoubtedly.

  • You know it..lol~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic work, Kimberly! Great detail, what a beauty!!!

  • Thank you Lisa, so very much appreciated!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 2 years ago

    Oh such a wonderful capture Kimberly. He is such an amazing bird. So well photographed. A fave for me. :)

  • I appreciate that Kathy, thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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