BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY.

How to Attract Northern Flicker

The woodpecker that doesnÔÇÖt really act like a woodpecker, the Northern Flicker seems to spend more time pecking at the ground in pursuit of ants and other insects (which compose most of its diet in spring and summer) than it does at the trees. Northern Flickers are found in open woodlands. They will eat Suet from a Suet Feeder. In fall/winter, they eat berries, so planting or ┬áberry producing plants could entice a flock to visit your property, they favor Wild Grape and Virginia Creeper. The Northern Flicker may use a nesting box if built to the correct specifications, they will also nest in dead trees. Northern Flicker will occasionally visit birdbaths.

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Northern Flicker Information

Northern Flicker Identification:

  • Large-sized woodpecker
  • Brown overall, black bars (on back), black spots (on underparts), black crest (on chest). yellow tail feathers and white rump patch are visible in flight. Male has black ÔÇťMoustache PatchÔÇŁ

Northern Flicker Habitat:

  • Open Woodlands
  • Forest Edge
  • Backyards

Northern Flicker Eating Habits:

  • Primarily insects ÔÇô especially those found on the ground like ants
  • Will eat berries and seeds in fall/winter

Northern Flicker Nesting:

  • Cavity nests in dead or dying trees
  • May use nesting box
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