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Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus

Common bird seen in many parks around Montreal and the only migratory woodpecker. Diet depends mostly on insects. Males can be identified by its black bars on each side of the head and breast.

Common Names

  • Northern Flicker (en)
  • Carpintero escapulario (es)
  • Pic flamboyant (fr)
  • Goldspecht (de)


  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Colaptes auratus

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

In parks around Montreal from mid-spring till autumn. Although reported feeding on the ground, I never was able to observe this behavior. Usually, I spot them in the upper section of large trees.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Angrignon, Montreal 1 0 0 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 2 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 1 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Northern Flicker is grey brown with horizontal dark stripes on the back and a red bar on the back of the head. When flying, they display the in German and French name giving yellow color below the wings.


Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Park Bernard-Landry - 2019-05-11

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 2500;

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Montreal Botanical Garden - 2017-05-20

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/320; Aperture f8.0; Iso 100;

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