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Red-Shafted Flicker

Colaptes auratus cafer


One of the most beautiful birds I have ever the had the good luck to spot in nature: It is the Western North America subspecies of Northern Flicker. They are red under the tail and underwings and have red shafts on their primaries. They have a beige cap and a grey face. Only males have a red moustache. The females had a more yellow marking next to the cheeks. At 12-14 inches long, they are medium sized woodpeckers. They have rounded brownish heads with gray or brown crowns and bills which curve downwards. Their backs are brown with black barring. They have tan bellies and chests with black spots and white rumps. They also sport black bibs on their chests.


Bishop City Park, CA.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks Namitha! :-)

namitha 9 years ago

Beautiful series and video:).

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago


Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 9 years ago

Wow! Beautiful!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

That's one gorgeous bird - what attractive markings ! Lovely spotting Marta and thanks for the video.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks! Also I agree Joshua! I was so happy to do a little walk in the park and find these birds. So many exellent sightings in California..I will go back some day :-)

JoshuaGSmith 9 years ago

Sharp photos!

JoshuaGSmith 9 years ago

Bishop is a great place to go to see birds - especially woodpeckers. I saw Red-breasted and Red-naped Sapsuckers for the first time there.

Desmond.E.S.O 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting Marta!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Lovely series and nice video showing the interaction between the birds!

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

So beautiful. Thanks Marta, you post some incredible species!

sunnyjosef 9 years ago

Very beautiful bird Marta...

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks for the nice comments! I was lucky to be right below, to see the under feathers which are also so beautiful :-)

James McNair
James McNair 9 years ago

Incredible images Marta...thank you!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Beautiful indeed, Marta.

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Bishop, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 2, 2015
Submitted on Jan 2, 2015

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