North Louisiana Wildlife

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Northern flicker drilling into a tree

Did you know that northern flickers make as much noise as possible to communicate and defend their territories?

Northern Flickers
a Glance

Yellow-shafted northern flicker on a thin tree

Key Features:

Northern flickers are brown black on their scalps. Male yellow-shafted northern flickers have yellow shafts, black whiskers, and red on their napes. Females have yellow shafts.

Least Concern - Population Decreasing


Fields, forest edges, parks, suburbs, swamps

nesting habits:

Northern flickers nest in tree cavities.

seasons northern flickers are active in our area:

All year


Insects, fruit, and seeds

hunting Behavior:

Northern flickers forage on the ground.

Commonly Confused With:

Red-Bellied Woodpeckers

Male yellow-shafted northern flickers are often confused with female red-bellied woodpeckers because both have similar patterns and red on their heads.

Male yellow-shafted northern flicker looking over its shoulder from its perch in a bare tree

Male yellow-shafted northern flickers have less red on their heads, lighter patterns on their backs, and darker patterns on their bellies.

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