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flicker:

see woodpeckerwoodpecker,
common name for members of the Picidae, a large family of climbing birds found in most parts of the world. Woodpeckers typically have sharp, chisellike bills for pecking holes in tree trunks, and long, barbed, extensible tongues with which they impale their insect
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Flicker

Momentary loss of light due to the fluctuation or loss of AC power.

flicker

[′flik·ər]
(optics)
A visual sensation produced by periodic fluctuations in light at rates ranging from a few cycles per second to a few tens of cycles per second.

flicker

1
Television a visual sensation, often seen in a television image, produced by periodic fluctuations in the brightness of light at a frequency below that covered by the persistence of vision

flicker

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any North American woodpecker of the genus Colaptes, esp C. auratus (yellow-shafted flicker), which has a yellow undersurface to the wings and tail

flicker

An irregular sequence of frames in a movie or video image. The first flicker effect came from movie projectors that were out of synchronization with the film frames. See judder, interlace and flicker fusion rate.
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Species Common Name Archilochus colubris Ruby-throated Hummingbird Chaetura pelagica Chimney Swift Coccyzus americanus Yellow-billed Cuckoo Colaptes auratus Northern Flicker Dryocopus pileatus Pileated Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus Red-bellied Woodpecker Meleagris gallopavo Wild Turkey Picoides pubescens Downy Woodpecker Picoides villosus Hairy Woodpecker Species Bluebell Bohm Sweet William Archilochus colubris 0.
Cavity excavation by northern flickers (Colaptes auratus) can take up to four weeks (Burns 1900).
Random mating in the Northern Flicker hybrid zone: implications for the evolution of bright and contrasting plumage patterns in birds.
We observed a Northern Flicker pair initiate a second clutch while still raising nestlings at a first nest.
Open Land or Woodland Margins - American kestrel box, 24x12x13, $20; gray and fox squirrel box, 18x12x12, $30; bluebird, chickadee or wren box, 11x6x9, $7; northern flicker box, 32x8x12, $25; bat box, 36x25x10, $95; or winter roosting box (can be used by chickadees, wrens, nuthatches, titmice, woodpeckers or bluebirds), 30x10x14, $30.
Mobbing species included Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata), Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis), American Robin (Turdus migratorius), Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), eight species of warblers, Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), and Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus); the mobbing behavior lasted ~10 min.
Spring 1999 Species Scientific name SI AP H/g Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 1 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens 14 38 -/- Yellow-bellied Empidonax 8 27 -/- Flycatcher flaviventris Traill's Flycatcher E.

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