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Northern Flicker Woodpecker

Flickers are fairly large woodpeckers with a slim, rounded head, slightly down curved bill, and long, flared tail that tapers to a point.
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Flickers are fairly large woodpeckers with a slim, rounded head, slightly down curved bill, and long, flared tail that tapers to a point.
Flickers appear brownish overall with a white rump patch that’s conspicuous in flight and often visible when perched. The undersides of the wing and tail feathers are bright yellow, for eastern birds, or red, in western birds. With a closer look you’ll see the brown plumage is richly patterned with black spots, bars, and crescents. Barred upper parts and spotted under parts. Black bib on upper breast and red malar (moustache).
Northern Flickers spend lots of time on the ground, and when in trees they’re often perched upright on horizontal branches instead of leaning against their tails on a trunk. They fly in an up-and-down path using heavy flaps interspersed with glides, like many woodpeckers.
Look for flickers in open habitats near trees, including woodlands, edges, yards, and parks. In New Mexico you can find them in mountain forests all the way up to tree line.

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valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe April 20, 2017
Such interesting markings on this woodpecker. Very pretty.
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trainwoman May 05, 2017
Great flicker portrait
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lizziemellis August 30, 2017
Wonderful capture & detail thanks for sharing some info on this handsome bird:-)
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felicityfixsen November 08, 2017
Never seen this bird before---Green woodpeckers and the 'Spotted' ones seen in the UK and here in France--but this photograph is spectacular.Great shot--love it-!
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Alwolfe December 14, 2017
Gorgeous capture!

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