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Northern ("Yellow-shafted") Flicker
Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Large woodpecker
- Brown back and wings barred with black
- Black crescent on upper breast
- Beige breast and belly spotted heavily with black
- White rump (obvious in flight)
- Tail dark above
- Tail and underwings are entirely yellow below,
   and retricies and primaries have yellow shafts
- Red crescent on nape
- Gray cap and nape
- Tan face, chin, and throat
- Adult male has black whisker

Similar species
The Gilded Flicker can be told from the "Yellow-shafted Flicker" by its lack of red at the rear of the head, pale brown cap and pale gray face, a paler brown back, and the male sports a red rather than black whisker.
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