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.