Northern Flicker

There are two different types of the Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus): Red-shafted and Yellow-shafted. The Yellow-Shafted Flicker lives and breeds in the eastern half of the United States and Canada, and the Red-Shafted Flicker in the west. The Northern Flicker is a large woodpecker about 11 inches long. Its brown back and wings are barred with black. This helps the bird to protect itself from its predators by camouflaging it while it's in trees. It has a black crescent on its upper breast and its beige belly and breast are spotted heavily with black. The bird's tail is dark and its rump is white and the underside of its wings and tail are red or yellow, depending on what type of Flicker it is.

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