More on Flickers!

by Judy Ranson
(nr Seattle, WA)

Male red-shafted flicker

Male red-shafted flicker

Male red-shafted flicker Female red-shafted flicker

I love our Flicker guests. We live near Seattle, WA and have red-shafted flickers year round. They love our suet cakes and even hang onto the hanging feeder meant for small birds. We fill that feeder with a 'no-waste' bird seed that is mostly shelled sunflower seeds and peanuts. These photos show a male red-shafted flicker with its red moustache and a female red-shafted flicker without the red moustache. You can clearly see the salmon red feathers under her tail.

The first flicker that I ever saw had both a red-mustache and the red patch on back of its head. It was laying on the road (probably flew into a car). I thought the red patch was blood. But when I picked him up, I saw it was red feathers. After a few minutes, it recovered and flew into the trees. My bird book said that sometimes the yellow and red-shafted inter-breed. So he must have been a hybrid.


Great photos, Judy! By comparing your photos to the previous ones by Gigi, it is easy to see the difference between the Yellow-shafted and your Red-shafted flickers.

Comments for More on Flickers!

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jun 04, 2012
Flickers can be messy eaters
by: Anonymous

We love flickers too, but wow can they empty a feeder fast. I've seen one clean out a half gallon feeder of sunflower oil seeds in 15 minutes. They toss the oil seeds in a veritable shower, apparently looking for those few seed kernels with no shells. Of course the chipmunks and squirrels love them for this!

Feb 24, 2011
More on Flickers
by: Judy

Fred, our red-shafted flickers have a salmon red hue underneath their wings and tail when they fly. The first flicker I ever saw was a cross between the two varieties. It had a red mustache as well as the red-patch behind its head.

Feb 15, 2011
Northern flickers
by: Anonymous

Hi Judy,
that was a good article about the flicker. I too have become very fond of that flicker . He just stands out in a crown and his flight is really stunning. In flight the Northern flicker seems to have a golden cast to his under feathers and the bib and the red just looks so sophisticated compared to the other birds out there.


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 Northern Flicker.

Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. A newcomer to Montgomery, AL?

    May 25, 18 09:47 AM

    It has a black head with a yellow beak. The underside of the bird is black. The top is grayish. What is it? We've been seeing similar birds with burnt

    Read More

  2. Mrs.

    May 24, 18 09:38 AM

    It's small with a brown head, brown & white striped wings & a grey belly & chest. I first saw this little bird perched on a planter, it the hopped down

    Read More

  3. Strange dancing birds NE Ohio

    May 23, 18 03:07 PM

    These birds were about the size of a Robin, either perching songbirds or something like a wood pecker, with longer pointed beaks. They had reddish heads

    Read More