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Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus luteus

Subspecies of Northern Flicker



First Noted by Expedition
April 11, 1805, at Fort Mandan, North Dakota.
 

Description
A large brownish woodpecker. Brown back with dark bars and spots; whitish or buff below with black spots; white rump, visible in flight. Eastern birds ("yellow-shafted flickers") have red patch on nape and yellow wing linings. Western birds ("red-shafted flickers") lack nape patch and have salmon-pink wing linings. Length: 12 in (30 cm).
 

Voice
A loud, repeated flicker or wicka-wicka-wicka; also a loud kleeer.
 

Habitat
Open country with trees; parks and large gardens.
 

Range
Resident from Alaska east through Manitoba to Newfoundland and south throughout United States. Northernmost birds are migratory.
 

Note
Species information from enature.com
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