from The Century Dictionary.
- Having the shafts of certain feathers yellow: as, the yellow-shafted flicker, or golden-winged woodpecker, Colaptes auratus. See cut under
flicker, and compare red-shafted.
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Your hapless bird is likely Colaptes auratus auratus the yellow-shafted race of the Northern Flicker.
On this trip I found a fresh set of eggs in an old hollow stump formerly made by and used as the nesting-place of the yellow-shafted woodpecker.
Why is the yellow-shafted flicker of the East replaced in the West by the red-shafted flicker?
A red-shafted flicker flew across the vale and called, "Zwick-ah! zwick-ah!" and then pealed out his loud call just like the eastern yellow-shafted high-holder.
Taken at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, this image shows a fight between a redheaded woodpecker and a yellow-shafted northern flicker over a nest hole.
A yellow-shafted flicker sits high in the trees, surveying the snow-covered landscape.