B-98 Northern Flicker
This medium woodpecker breeds from Alaska east through Manitoba to Newfoundland and south throughout the U.S. and into Mexico and Cuba. It is a resident from approximately the U.S.-Canada border southward, as the northernmost birds are migratory. Preferred habitats include forest edges and open woodlands approaching savannas. Northern Flickers use a drumming technique to attract a mate. Unfortunately for many people, they often practice on the metal flues of fireplaces. Hybrids between the red-shafted and yellow-shafted subspecies are common where populations overlap. The yellow-shafted subspecies is the state bird of Alabama. A group of flickers are collectively known as a “guttering”, “menorah”, and “Peterson” of flickers.