Red-shafted vs Yellow-shafted Flickers

by Judy Ranson
(Seattle)

Red-shafted Flicker male

Red-shafted Flicker male

Red-shafted Flicker male
Yellow-shafted Flicker female

Red-shafted Flickers are common in our area near Seattle. However, two years ago there was a Yellow-shafted Flicker at the feeder, and I got a photo of it. Note the difference in markings. The Red-Shafted male has the bight red 'mustache' while the Yellow-shafted male has a black 'mustache' and a red patch on the back of its head but no 'mustache'. The Red-shafted doesn't have this red patch. The female of both varities doesn't have the 'mustache'.

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Jun 25, 2014
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by: Judy-Seattle

To Anonymous... I once saw one of these intergrade Flickers. It was a male with both the red mustache and a red patch on back of its head. Its tail and wing feathers had the salmon red color of a Red-shafted Flicker.

Jun 23, 2014
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by: Brook

Hi Judy, I believe I got them mixed up when I responded to Phil's question the other day. Do you know about the ones that have a definite gold sheen on the breast and belly? I could not see the head markings.

Brook Daphne in Troutdale, OR

Jun 23, 2014
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by: Anonymous

You can often see intergrades in the Seattle area that result from a breeding of a red shafted and yellow shafted flicker. They have some characteristics of each variety.

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