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Gilded or Red-Shafted Flicker

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This bird was in Madera Canyon on May 30, 2020.  At first I thought it was a Gilded, then waffled on Red-shafted.  I'd never paid enough attention to that difference I guess.  Now I'm leaning Red-shafted but not sure.

I give that guy Wilson a lot of credit, when he invented a new warbler he put a black cap on it to make ID easy!

Thanks,

bo

Gilded Redshaft Flicker.jpg

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With those red shafts on the feathers it's a Red-shafted Northern Flicker. Also, Gildeds have a lot more brown extending from the cap into the nape.

EDIT: Okay now I'm not sure. You should wait for someone else to confirm, haha... I can't quite tell the feather color. 

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Just now, Melierax said:

With those red shafts on the feathers it's a Red-shafted Northern Flicker. Also, Gildeds have a lot more brown extending from the cap into the nape.

Agreed.

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