Tuesday, August 23

Facts about the Northern Flicker

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Are you ready to learn something cool?

Have you heard about the Northern flicker also known as the Common flicker? Did you know that the Northern flicker is from the woodpecker family of birds? The Northern flicker is a medium sized bird. It is a beautiful bird. With your parent/caretaker’s permission google pictures of the Northern flicker and see how beautiful they are!


What is your favorite type of bird?


Facts about the Northern flicker:

1. There are two types of Northern flickers. The Red shafted flicker and the Yellow shafted flicker. The Yellow shafted flicker is mostly native to the east part of North America. The Red shafted flicker is native to most parts of North America. Most Northern flickers migrate to the south parts of North America for the winter.

2. Northern flickers are omnivores. They eat mostly ants and other insects. They also eat fruits, berries, nuts, and seeds! They hunt for their food mostly on the ground.

3. The Northern flicker can grow up to fourteen (14) inches tall and weigh up to five and a half ounces (5 ½ oz.).

4. The Northern flickers build nests in holes inside of trees.

5. The Northern flickers are diurnal. Diurnal means they are awake during the daylight hours. They hunt for food during the day and sleep/rest during the night.

6. A group of flickers are sometimes referred to as menorah, guttering, and/or Peterson of flickers.

7. Both the male and female Northern flickers work together to care for their baby birds. They take turns keeping the eggs warm. They both feed the baby birds.

8. They drill holes into trees, barns, and other wood with their long beak. That is why they are from the woodpecker family because they love to peck holes into wood searching for food or a place to nest.


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Northern flicker


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 Northern flicker worksheet


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Books about Woodpeckers, Northern flickers:

1. Woodpecker Wham! by April Pulley Sayre

2. About Woodpeckers: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill

3. 19 Species of Woodpecker Picture Book by Simeon Toluwase

4. Woodpecker Fun Facts by Michelle Hawkins

Parents/caretakers be sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.

Short story alert:

Once upon a time there were three Northern flickers perching on a tree. The baby flicker was going to practice learning how to fly. Yes, today was the big day! The parent flicker kept nudging the baby flicker further and further down the tree branch. The baby flicker reached the end of the branch and the parent flicker nudged once more. The baby flicker dropped to the ground and quietly stood there looking all around. The baby flicker would run back and forth with its wings spread. It would take off running and try to flap its wings and lift up off the ground. The parent birds stayed near by watching the whole time as their baby learned to fly! It took awhile but the hard working baby Northern flicker learned how to fly!! THE END.


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