Help identify: tan/brownish-gray medium-size, large black speckles from neck down, black oval on chest, orange under wings & tail


(Sacramento CA)

unusual in Sacramento CA, medium-size (about same as our mourning doves), robin-shape, overall tan/brownish-gray with large black speckles on back from neck down (not head), black oval shape across chest, orange under wings & tail visible in flight, appears to have band on leg.

Have only heard it make a single sound similar to baby birds wanting to be fed.
Have no idea what it is having only seen it this year. Can anyone help identify it?

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Oct 30, 2013
Northern Flicker likely
by: Anonymous

The description helped me to identify the bird I just saw outside of Denver. It is a a Northern Flicker. You probably saw the female since they do not have much red on them.

Nov 19, 2012
Flicker?
by: Judy-SEATTLE

Your description most closely sounds like a Red-shafted Flicker. They are a very impressive looking bird.

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