Red Shafted Flickers March 9, 2011March 9, 2011 / Quilly Behold the Red-shafted Flicker Colaptes auratus cafer. These medium sized woodpeckers have red feathers under their tails & wings, red shafts on their primary feathers, beige caps, and gray faces. Males have a red mustache. Share this:TweetEmailShare on TumblrPrint
12 thoughts on “Red Shafted Flickers”
I had a yellow-shafted flicker for a “pet” for all of two days or so when I was a kid and we lived in the wildlife preserve. I found him on the ground and put him in a turkey pen and tried to take care of him. In retrospect, he was probably quite ill and dying anyway or I wouldn’t have caught him. He was so pretty and I felt badly just the same.
Wow! That is an amazing bird. I love the coloring. We only had the Downy Woodpecker by our house in Illinois.
Those are some great up close shots of the woodpeckers. I wonder if they are a couple?
Very handsome! I’d never seen or heard of these.
We get the Northern Flicker here – they’re quite striking birds! Love to see them. They tend to be more ground peckers than wood peckers, so you rarely see them in trees. We have 3 other types of woodpecker who visit too, but they’re all quite small in comparison.
Great pictures 🙂
I love how in the first one, the bird looks furtive like the bandits they are! And what a wicked beak! I wouldn’t argue with either of them for the suet! I love how the photo of the male shows the pattern of breast feathers. Kind of looks like dark seeds on a light colored roll. (I guess I’m hungry!)
When our parakeet is getting ready to fly she scrunches down like that and looks similarly furtive. We call it her “getting ready to get in trouble” look.
Great photos, Quilly!
I’ve not seen these birds before – the feathers are gorgeous. And Mr. Flicker’s mustache is quite dapper!
Lovely! I don’t think I’d seen this particular kind of bird before today. But now I have. 🙂
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