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Sapsucker (SE Arizona, today) (1 Viewer)

Larry Sweetland

Formerly 'Larry Wheatland'
It's a flicker. You might want to look into whether it's Red-shafted or Gilded....

EDIT: cross-post with Andrew, if he's confident I'd go with that :)

Andrew Whitehouse

Professor of Listening
Staff member
I think so too. Not sure what intergrade situation is like there. Maybe location within SE AZ separates them? I remember seeing Gilded in SE AZ, in low elevation habitats.

Location might be helpful, although I wonder if things are made more complicated by migrant birds in the winter.


Wildlife Photographer
Thanks for the feedback.

It's in Madera Canyon, at the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains.

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Stop Brexit!
Agree Red-shafted Northern; Gilded should as per its name be golden on its shafts. Northern is mapped as wintering within Gilded's resident range, so reasonable to get either there at this time of year.


Well-known member
Andrew had it right from the first: red-shafted form of Northern Flicker. I see no indication of intergradation with yellow-shafted flicker or hybridization with Gilded Flicker.

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