The Northern Flicker, a bird in the woodpecker family, is a backyard bird of exceptional beauty. The Flicker was once the prey of anyone with a gun, and was wild and little known to the people of North America. Thanks to the Audubon Society, the Northern Flicker is almost as well-known and widespread as the Robin.
The Northern Flicker can usually be found on the lawn and in the backyard in search of ants and ant eggs. But, you will also see the Flicker on the side of a tree in the classic woodpecker pose. The Northern Flicker prefers to nest in a tree cavity, but will accept the hospitality of a man-made birdhouse.
Enjoy this beautiful backyard bird, a favorite of the casual backyard birder and one that never fails to impress.
Similar to the male, but lacking the black patch or mustache under the beak.
Roller coaster, and be sure to look for the yellow on the underside of the wings.
Calls or song.
ke-yer and wechew, wechew
Population and distribution.
Northern Flicker is widely distributed throughout North America.
The Flicker nests in holes and lays from 5-9 white eggs in late April or early May.