Northern Flicker

A polka-dotted woodpecker that is equally at home foraging on the ground as sitting atop a tree. We have the red-shafted subspecies in the West (with yellow-shafted east of the Rockies).

Active seasons

All year, but more common in spring/fall

How to find

Unlike most woodpeckers that feed by drilling into trees, you’re more likely to stumble across a northern flicker foraging in the grass or fallen leaves, mostly in wooded areas.

You can find the Northern Flicker throughout every Region and Outpost on The BC Bird Trail!