Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Audio Credit: Thomas Everest

This member of the woodpecker family can easily be identified as it flies away by its bright white rump patch—or, if you’re lucky enough to see it perched, its black crescent necklace and spotted chest.  Its piercing, repetitive call and “wikwikwikwikwikwikwik” rattle can be heard all across campus. You can hear a family with a new fledgling talking with each other in a video on the Breeding Birds page.