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Related to Northern Flicker: pileated woodpecker, mourning dove, downy woodpecker

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

2
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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Ephemeral food resources and high conspecific densities as factors explaining lack of feeding territories in Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus).
Lack of diet segregation during breeding by male and female Northern Flickers foraging on ants.
American Kestrels, Northern Flying Squirrels and bats (unknown species) were all found using only Lewis's Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker and Northern Flicker cavities.
While cavity height was positively associated with occupancy for Lewis's and Red-headed Woodpeckers cavities, it was negatively associated with occupancy for Northern Flicker cavities.
The Hairy Woodpecker (Picodes villosus) and Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) are primary cavity excavators that occur in a wide variety of forest types in North America (Ripper and others 2007; Wiebe and Moore 2008).
No defecated seeds could be attributed to specific species, but roughly 33% were surrounded by feces with ant exoskeletons which indicates seed dispersal by northern flickers (White and Stiles, 1990).
In fall you'll see Northern flickers, herons, kingfishers, downy woodpeckers, and lots of ducks (common goldeneyes, mallards, mergansers).
As you walk, look for northern flickers, curve-billed thrashers, phainopeplas, and Gambel's quail among the saguaros.
Among some of the significant birds seen in various spots, Buelow said, are "snow buntings and horned larks, swamps for eastern bluebirds, northern flickers and winter wrens, and back roads in the predawn for saw-whet owls.

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