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Northern Flicker
Colaptes auratus

Woodpeckers
Woodpecker Family (Picidae)

Size: Length: 28-35.5 cm Wingspan: 47-53 cm

Description: The northern flicker looks very different from every other mountain woodpecker. Rather than the generally black colouration of many woodpeckers, the flicker is brown in colour. The head is gray, with a reddish crown and a distinctive moustache. There are two varieties of northern flicker, with the red-shafted sporting a red moustache, and the yellow shafted having a black. Females lack the moustache. The back and wings are brown, with alternate bands of black. The breast has a black band across the base of the gray neck, beneath which the breast and belly are brown with black spots. The yellow-shafted flicker has yellowish wing and tail linings, while the red-shafted has reddish linings.

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