Flickers: Red-Shafted vs Yellow-Shafted

by Judy
(Seattle, WA)

Male Red-Shafted Flicker

Male Red-Shafted Flicker

Male Red-Shafted Flicker Female Red-Shafted Flicker Male Red-Shafted Flicker Female Yellow-Shafted Flicker

There are often a lot of questions about the differences between the Red-Shafted and The Yellow-Shafted Flickers. So I am adding some photos I took of both in my backyard outside Seattle, WA. The two photos of Flickers in a tre show a male and a female Red-Shafted Flicker. The female does not have the Red ""mustache". The other two photos are of a Re-Shafted and a Yellow-Shafted at a suet feeder. You can see the red or yellow color on the underside of their tails. The Yellow-Shafted here is a female and lacks the black "moustache" that a male would have. But note the red patch on the back of the Yellow-Shafted's neck that is absent on the Red-Flicker. I hope this helps with identifying which Flicker you may have the pleasure of seeing in your backyard.

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Dec 12, 2016
Correction to my above post.
by: Judy-Seattle

Red-Shafted males have a RED "mustache", and the Yellow-Shafted males have a BLACK "mustache".

Dec 11, 2016
If I had your backyard birds...
by: Margaret Mariam

...I would never leave home. Though I am pleased to have chickadees, titmice, etc there are only a dozen kinds of birds visiting my yard most of the time. And most of them are European songbirds. The only woodpeckers are the downy. I had a red-bellied woodpecker but the hawks and grackles scared it away. Thanks so much for sharing the photos. And for sharing your knowledge. Both are welcome and appreciated.

Dec 11, 2016
Thank You Judy
by: Susan

Very helpful.

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