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About the Northern Flicker

Also known as: Red-shafted Flicker, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Gilded Flicker, Yellowhammer
The Northern Flicker is a species of woodpecker found across much of North America. There are two living subspecies: the yellow-shafted and the red-shafted. Yellow-shafted flickers show yellow under the tail and wings; these are found in the eastern part of the range. Red-shafted flickers are found in the west and show red under the tail and wings. These subspecies have been considered completely separate species in the past. The closely related Gilded Flicker was formerly also considered to be the same species as the Northern Flicker.

Northern Flickers are often found feeding on the ground -- unusual for a woodpecker. They like to eat ants and other insects which they may forage by probing the earth with their beaks.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 10 December 2015
Scientific Name Colaptes auratus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Colaptes
  • C. auratus
Birdorable Family Woodpeckers
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 4 October 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
11 to 12.2 inches
16.5 to 20.1 inches
3.9 to 5.6 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East) Americas

International Names

  • 北扑翅鴷 (Chinese)
  • datel zlatý (Czech)
  • Guldspætte (Danish)
  • Gouden Grondspecht (Dutch)
  • kultatikka (Finnish)
  • Pic flamboyant (French)
  • Goldspecht (German)
  • Picchio dorato (Italian)
  • ハシボソキツツキ [hashibosokitsutsuki] (Japanese)
  • Gullspett (Norwegian)
  • dzieciol rózowoszyi (Polish)
  • Pica-pau-mosqueado (Portuguese)
  • Золотой шилоклювый дятел (Russian)
  • Carpintero Escapulario (Spanish)
  • Guldspett (Swedish)

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