Northern Flicker Photo Gallery
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
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.