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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Aves > Piciformes > Picidae

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.

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.

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.

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Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies2022-05-01
Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park2021-08-17
Parc Bernard-Landry2019-06-24
Parc Bernard-Landry2019-05-11
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies2019-05-06
Rapids Park Lachine2019-04-27
Boisé Des Douze, St. Hyacinthe2019-04-22
Park Angrignon, Montreal2018-04-22
Montreal Botanical Garden2017-05-20