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Young Northern Flicker plumage

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On 7/22/2021 at 11:12 AM, The Bird Nuts said:

Saw these young Northern Flickers "arguing" today and noticed that one of them has a red forehead.  Wondering if this is typical for a young flicker.




Good question!! I wonder if it is some sort of intergrade?

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12 hours ago, lonestranger said:

I can't say that I've noticed it in Northern Flickers, but I have noticed young Downy Woodpeckers getting red on their forehead before it comes in on the back of the crown so maybe it's a woodpecker thing. 

Yeah, and I think even young female Downies can sometimes have the red on the forehead.  The thing is, the other flicker with it is also young (it has the pale eyering).  But maybe it's a little older or something..

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