Utah Bird Profile
 Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus

Name Roots: (Gr. kolapto, "to peck with the bill, chisel" - L. auratus, "golden")

In Utah:   
Article by Grant Jense

by Kent Keller

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in a snag at a height of 6-15 (To 100) feet, in a cavity nest. This species is not a cowbird host. During the breeding season, this species is an insectivore: ground gleaner. During the non-breeding seasons this species is an omnivore: ground and lower-canopy forager.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in lowland riparian and mountain riparian habitats.
How to find: In my experience this is the most common woodpecker in Utah, and is probably the one that is best known even by non-birders. It is widespread in many different habitats and is one of the few woodpeckers that actively forages on the ground. One study found more than 200 ants in the stomach of a single flicker.  ~Merrill Webb

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