Northern Flicker

How do the feeding habits of Flickers differ from those of other woodpeckers?

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The Nothern Flicker is the only woodpecker that regularly feeds on the ground. This species prefers ants and beetles. To neutralize the acidic defense of ants, flickers produce antacid saliva.


The collective name is a “guttering”, “menorah”, or “Peterson” of flickers.