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!

Recent Observations

Data provided by eBird
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.