Northern Flicker - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Bird, Urban Adapter

  • Year-round range is nearly all of the United States
  • One of many woodpecker species
  • Year-round plumage is alternating black and brown bars on wings and back with light colored breast with black spots, a black “necklace”, and a white rump patch when in flight
  • Habitat includes open, grassy areas interspersed with wooded areas
  • Insectivore and herbivore, eating ants and other insects, fruits, and seeds