|Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker at Rowe Sanctuary, Nebraska; 7-11-10.|
The photo (Below) of the same Flicker was in the shadow of a branch that made him appear as if he was wearing a black cap. Initially when I first looked at the photo I didn't even recognize it as a Flicker.
It's black-spotted belly and breast is a sure give-away that it's a Flicker, as no other woodpecker type bird has such definite spotted markings. Other woodpeckers markings on the belly are more of a barred shaped or plain. The photo (Below) is the female Yellow-shafted Flicker. It's identical to the male except without the black malar. On this photo you can see the red crescent on its nape and its white rump.
|Female Yellow-shafted Flicker showing off its red crescent on its nape and white rump which is identical to the male, but does not sport the black malar.|
|A female Red-shafted Flicker; Rocky Mountain Nat. Park, CO; 7-8-10.|