Northern Flicker Drawing by Lucia Harrison

Lushootseed Name:  c’əd áqʷ

Scientific Name:  Colaptes auratus

Northern Flickers live year-round in the Pacific Northwest’s woodlands, forest edges, parks, and backyards.  If you look close, you can see the red shafts of its tail feathers.  While the Northern Flickers’ diet mainly consists of ants and insects, they do eat fruits like the Red Flowering Currant and seeds.  They excavate their nests in dead or diseased trees.

For more information about and photos, videos and sound recordings of the Northern Flicker go to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website All About Birds

Also, look at the Audubon Society’s online field guide that includes information about the impact of climate change on Northern Flickers.