BirdNote: Northern Flicker, A Most Unlikely Woodpecker
03/10/12 8:57AM  Download MP3
The Northern Flicker is a woodpecker, but one that hardly looks the part.
Where most woodpeckers are a reliable mix of black, white, and bits of red, the Northern Flicker is buff tan overall.
The undersides of its wings and tail-feathers flash with coppery-red, giving the bird the nickname “Red-shafted Flicker.”
And if all this weren’t enough, it’s often found on the ground.