Colaptes auratus


Common Names: Northern flicker, yellowhammer, clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, gawker bird
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, & Flickers


There are over 100 common names for the northern flicker. A medium-sized member of the woodpecker family. It is native to most of North America, parts of Central America, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and is one of the few woodpecker species that migrate. They are yellow under the tail and underwings and have yellow shafts on their primaries. They have a grey cap, a beige face and a red bar at the nape of their neck. Males have a black moustache.

Flickers may be found in open habitats near trees, including woodlands, edges, yards, and parks.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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