Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus

Length 11.0-12.0 in (27.9-30.5 cm)
Weight 3.7-5.8 oz (106-164 g)
Clutch Size 3-12
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

The Northern Flicker has two forms, the Eastern "yellow-shafted Flicker" and the western "Red-shafted Flicker". Examples of both forms are shown below. They are native to most of North America.

Northern Flickers are the only woodpeckers to feed on the ground. Their primary food is insects (mainly ants), although they do eat fruits, berries, seeds and nuts.

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