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Northern Flicker  - Colaptes auratus

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

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.

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.

Northern Flicker Feeding Hatchlings


Northern Flicker Preparing a Nest


Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

park-des-prairies - May 11, 2019

NIKON D500; 300.0 mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 2500;

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

park-maisonneuve - May 20, 2017

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