Description: This member of the woodpecker family has a brown barred back and spotted underparts with a black crescent bib; white rump is conspicuous in flight. Males have a red mustache-like stripe.
Habitat: Common in open woodlands and suburban areas.
Diet: Primarily gleans insects from tree trunk and branches; also occasionally gleans ants from the ground.
Display: Courtship displays are noisy and active, with calling, drumming, wing and tail flashing, billing and bobbing while pair
face each other.
Nest: Builds nest in variety of cavities, especially trees but also posts, poles, houses, banks and boxes.
Eggs: White and unmarked, 1.1 inches long.
Natural history notes: Of the woodpeckers, the northern flicker is the most likely to stray from nesting areas after the breeding season, and can be seen in winter throughout the county, sometimes in family groups. The form seen in Orange County is the red-shafted; the gilded form, found in the Southwest, and the yellow-shafted, found east of the Rockies, are rarely spotted in the county.