Northern Flicker

Male Northern Flicker near nest hole in aspen tree.
Male Northern Flicker on aspen tree.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 11-12”
Description: Tan-brown overall with a gray head, black crescent on the chest, black bars on the wings, buff colored underparts with black spots, and a white rump patch that is conspicuous in flight. The “Red-shafted” Flicker is the most common subspecies in the Park, and they have orange-red on the undersides of the wing and tail feathers. Males have a bright red mustache stripe.
Migratory Status: Year-round residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Live in a variety of habitats but prefer to breed in aspen, riparian and coniferous forests to 12,000 feet.
Diet: Forage from the ground and from small rocks and dead trees. Eat mostly insects including ants and beetles, but also eat fruits and seeds.

Last updated: June 8, 2018

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