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Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Description:

Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings – yellow if you’re in the East, red if you’re in the West – and a bright white flash on the rump.



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Oregon, USA

Lat: 43.97, Long: -121.34

Spotted on Mar 25, 2015
Submitted on Mar 25, 2015

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