TWO OF A KIND
Flickers in the East (yellow-shafted) have tan faces, gray crowns, red napes, black mustaches and yellow under wings and tail. Flickers in the West (red-shafted) have gray faces, brown crowns, no nape crescents, red mustaches and salmon under wings and tail.
During breeding season, rival flickers face off in a display called a “fencing duel.” Two birds face each other, bills pointed up, bobbing their heads while drawing a loop or figure eight pattern in the air.
A flicker visits every year and loves to peck on our metal chimney, adding a little sound to its boisterous call.” Stephanie Swayne TIGARD, OREGON
Female northern flickers don’t have a colored mustache near the bill.