Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

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Basic Information

Order

Piciformes

Family

Picidae

Size

Northern Flickers are between 10.75 and 12.25 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 8 years

Weight

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) facts, habitat, range,flicker pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the bird.

Diet

Northern Flickers eat a ton of ants and other insects.

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Nationwide

Nest Placement

Cavity

Number of Offspring

5–8 Eggs

Egg Description

White

Condition at Hatching

Helpless, naked, eyes closed, clumsy

Social Status

Solitary

Wingspan

16.25–20.25 in

Observation Tips

For your best chance at observing Northern Flickers in the wild, find an anthill near a forests edge.

What does the Northern Flicker look like?

Northern Flickers are bulky woodpeckers that are brown overall with patterned black bars on its mantle and wings and black spots on its breast. It has a red malar and white rump patch. The undersides of wings and tail feathers are red on western birds and yellow on eastern birds. They have a round head and their bills have a minor down curve. Flickers tails are long and tapered to a point.

Northern Flicker Habitat

Open Forests

Northern Flicker Facts

Northern Flickers are common along trails wherever there are ants, which are their main source of food. They are often observed digging and lapping them up with their long barbed tongue.

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