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Red-shafted flicker

Colaptes auratus cafer


A medium size bird in the woodpecker family. They are red under the tail and underwings and have red shafts on their primaries. They have a beige cap and a grey face. Males have a red moustache.


Spotted at the Tolt River-John MacDonald Park.

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Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you Christine.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Congrats Brian, this spotting is awesome!

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you Jim.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 years ago

Brian, great nailed it.

Brian38 3 years ago

Thanks DrNamgyalT.Sherpa, Robert and António for your comments.

Beautiful series Brian,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

triggsturner 3 years ago

Great spotting and congrats on your sotd Brian.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 years ago

Congrats Brian38! You deserve it!

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you very much Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Beautiful spotting Brian. Congrats.

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you very much Daniele for this SOTD. I watched the bird fly in to the tree about 50 ft from me. I could tell after a couple of minutes that he wasn't there to look for food - he just wanted to groom himself. I had a very small window to view him, which is so often the case and he kept the tree between me and him for the most part. Then he spread his wing out - I couldn't believe it.

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulation Brian, your Red-shafted Flicker is our Spotting of the Day:

"Our Spotting of the Day shows beautifully why this subspecies of the Northern Flicker is called Red-shafted Flicker! The Red-shafted Flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) is found in western North America. While its eastern counterpart (C. a. auratus) has yellow flight-feather shafts, these are rosy red in the Red-shafted Flicker.
Learn more about regional differences in Northern Flickers here: "



Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Beautiful spotting, Brian.

Spotted by

Carnation, Washington, United States

Spotted on May 24, 2018
Submitted on May 25, 2018

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