Northern Flicker Red Shafted

“In order to see birds it is necessary
to become part of the silence.”
Robert Lind

The red-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) resides in western North America. They are red under the tail and underwings and have red shafts on their primaries. They have a beige cap and a grey face. Males have a red moustache. The scientific name, Colaptes auratus cafer, is the result of an error made in 1788 by the German systematist, Johann Gmelin, who believed that its original habitat was in South Africa among the Xhosa people, then known as the “Kaffir” people. For more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_flicker

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