Northern Flicker

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 10 December 2015
Scientific Name
Colaptes auratus
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Colaptes
  • C. auratus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
11 to 12.2 inches
16.5 to 20.1 inches
3.9 to 5.6 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 北扑翅鴷
Czech (Cesky) datel zlatý
Danish (Dansk) Guldspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Gouden Grondspecht
Finnish (Suomi) kultatikka
French (Français) Pic flamboyant
German (Deutsch) Goldspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio dorato
Japanese (日本語) ハシボソキツツキ [hashibosokitsutsuki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gullspett
Polish (Polski) dzieciol rózowoszyi
Portuguese (Português) Pica-pau-mosqueado
Russian (русский язык) Золотой шилоклювый дятел
Spanish (Español) Carpintero Escapulario
Swedish (Svenska) Guldspett
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