Bad news for Insects and Larvae in the sod.
|Name||Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)|
|Description||This 12" migratory species may occasionally visit Suet Feeders, but it prefers to probe in the sod for Ants and other delicacies.|
|Food||Insects and Larvae, but Ants are its mainstay. With a long tongue that snakes down the tunnels of Ant hills, this mostly ground-feeder is especially adapted to control Ants.|
|Nest||The nest is usually found 12 feet or more off the
ground in a rotten tree snag. The cavity is left with wood chips for
bedding. It may be claimed by Starlings
before completion, sometimes evicting the much larger Flicker in the
|Eggs||It has been reported that as many as 12 glossy white
eggs have been found in nests, but 6 are more common.
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