Backyard Bird with Inverted Black Triangle on Breast

by Pat
(Seattle, WA)

I believe that I have seen both male and females of this critter. Saw the male in late winter - early spring in Seattle. Beautifully colored of medium size with sharp elongated beak. I cannot remember the details except that it had an inverted black triangle on its breast. It started on my fence, dropped down to the grass and flew away from there.


Over this weekend I think I saw the female. This bird was similar in size and beak description but it lacked the coloring of the earlier bird. Seemed to be either a pale tan color or very light olive greenish. Most striking characteristic is the inverted black triangle on the breast. AND, when it flew away the underside of its wings was a beautiful pale orange. This one was perching on the top of my neighbors garage roof. Took off very quickly.

Would love to know what this bird is. Thanks for any suggestions!

Comments for Backyard Bird with Inverted Black Triangle on Breast

Click here to add your own comments

Aug 21, 2014
Flicker
by: Judy-Seattle

Hi Pat- I live in Renton . What you're seeing is a Northern Flicker woodpecker. They are very common in our area. The males have a red patch/streak on either side of its beak. The female don't have it. Both have black spots on their breast. In the spring the males like to perch of top of roofs or especially on metal objects like vent covers and rapidly "drill" with their peaks to attract mate. This often wakes me up early in the morning. If you search for " flickers" on this website, you'll find several photos of them.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Grey bird with curved beak.

    Dec 05, 16 09:07 AM

    Grey bird pecking at our drain spout like a woodpecker but had a curved beak. When I tried to look it up it seemed like a Whitebreasted Thrasher but they

    Read More

  2. Alk2040

    Dec 03, 16 10:11 AM

    Brown to tan bird with some upright feathers on crown a little red stripe on back and bright yellow tipped tail

    Read More

  3. Never seen one before , spotted on the golf course

    Dec 03, 16 10:10 AM

    Medium size bird hopping in the grass then flew off. It had the most irridecent flame red/ orange feathers on the breast the rest was dark . I jave never

    Read More