Is this a Northern Flicker?

by Heather
(Lorain, OH, USA)




My 3 year old son found this little guy in my back yard and he is unable to fly. I don't really know anything about birds, but I do know I don't want my kitty to eat this one, so I picked (him?) up and put him in a box for the time being. I don't know if he's unable to fly due to his young age or if he's injured, though it doesn't SEEM as though he's hurt. I'm hoping it won't be long before he can fly, and I'd like to just take care of him until then so that no kitties get him, but I don't know what to feed him. If indeed this is a Northern Flicker (the conclusion I reached after only a google image search), it would seem ants are what he's really interested in, but I'd like to be more sure. Can anybody help?

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Jun 23, 2012
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Flicker?
by: Anonymous

It appears to b a juvenile flicker but what species not sure. Flickers feed mostly on insects but also suet, peanut butter, fruit sunflower seeds, and bread as all woodpeckers families do.

Jun 23, 2012
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Northern Flicker
by: Susan

Yes it is. And yes they love ants.

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