Birds of St. Charles County, MO
Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker
Colaptes auratus

Size: 12"

Male: (Shown) Brown and black woodpecker with a large white rump patch visible only when flying. Has a black "necklace" above a speckled breast. Red spot on nape of neck and black mustache.

Female: Same as male, but lacking a black mustache.

Juvenile: Same as adult of the same sex.

Nest: Male and female excavate a cavity. One brood per year.

Eggs: 5-8; white without markings

Incubation: 11-14 days; female and male incubate

Fledging: 25-28 days; male and female feed young

Migration: The Northern Flicker can be found in St. Charles County year round.

Food: Insects, especially ants and beetles.

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