Saturday, May 28, 2016

Northern Flicker Woodpecker Calling and Drumming



Male Northern Flicker woodpecker calls and drums to attract a female to the Screech Owl nest box he has claimed as a nest site. He is a gorgeous yellow-shafted variety common to eastern North America with a call similar to a Pileated Woodpecker, but weaker and higher pitched.  The call ringing through the forest almost brings to mind the sounds of a tropical jungle.
This brown woodpecker flashes bright colors under the wings and tail when it flies. Its ringing calls and short bursts of drumming can be heard in spring almost throughout North America. Two very different-looking forms -- Yellow-shafted Flicker in the east and north, and Red-shafted Flicker in the west -- were once considered separate species. 
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Northern Flicker Woodpecker Calling and Drumming