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Northern Flicker -
(Colaptes auratus)



  • Medium-sized woodpecker
  • Brown back with black marks,
         tan with spots below
  • Grey top of head with red mark at the back
  • Black mark across upper chest
  • White rump conspicuous in flight
  • Yellow wing linings visible in flight
  • 12" (30 cm.)


  • A variety of forest habitat, open woods,
         and residential areas

Additional Information

  • Common migrant and summer resident
  • Sometimes found in winter
  • Spends time on the ground eating
         ants and ground beetles
  • Prefers edge of forest and open
          woods for nesting
  • Although common, population is declining

Comparable Species

Male Flicker on tree trunk near hole 

Female Flicker at a nest box


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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