Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Tucson, AZ
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Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)

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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  • 7horses
    7horsesalmost 3 years ago

    Nice capture

  • Thank you 7horses!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...almost 3 years ago

  • YAY! Thank you for the recognition!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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