Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having red shafts of the wing- and tail-feathers: specifically applied to Colaptes mexicanus, the red-shafted woodpecker or Mexican flicker, related to the common flicker or yellow-shafted woodpecker. It abounds in western North America.

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Examples

  • The columbine had eight inches of new growth in January, and two summers ago found a red-shafted flicker lying in the alley behind my house with grass in its throat and wasps crawling in and out of its mouth.

    Findings

  • The most abundant resident birds are the bushtit, pinyon jay, plain titmouse, black-chinned hummingbird, Woodhouse's jay, red-tailed hawk, golden eagle, red-shafted flicker, and rock wren.

    Colorado Plateau Semidesert Province (Bailey)

  • Some of the more common birds are the northern pygmy-owl, olive warbler, red-faced warbler, hepatic tanager, mountain bluebird, pygmy nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, Mexican junco, Steller's jay, red-shafted flicker and the Rocky Mountain sapsucker.

    Arizona-New Mexico Mountains Semidesert-Open Woodland - Coniferous Forest - Alpine Meadow Province (Bailey)

  • As he smoked, a red-shafted flicker hammered away at the top of a barren hemlock.

    Flicker

  • But then I realize that out West the flickers are red-shafted.

    Birding In Central Park

  • Wedaju conducted me to one of the lesser buildings where a dignified old file in red-bordered shama and turban, sporting a fine white beard and bearing a red-shafted spear of office, ran a cold eye over me; they conversed in Galla, and at last the chamberlain, as I took him to be, made a stately departure, and Wedaju held out his hand and demanded my Joslyn.

    Flashman on the March

  • Gawaine's hands were shaking as he fit another arrow to the string, but before he could loose it, Cedric bel - lowed, "Down there, you lads!" and his own red-shafted bolt came streaking across the clearing.

    Fortress Of Frost And Fire

  • Gawaine's hands were shaking as he fit another arrow to the string, but before he could loose it, Cedric bellowed, "Down there, you lads!" and his own red-shafted bolt came streaking across the clearing.

    Fortress Of Frost And Fire

  • On each side of the head are five feathers of the red-shafted flicker.

    Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest

  • Flicker (Coleptes caffer collaris) — Feathers of the red-shafted flicker.

    Tseh So, a Small House Ruin, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico :

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