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Northern Flicker Intergrade? A tough one!

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It is looks like a  female Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker. Yellow-shafted males have a black malar and a red nape crescent...females do not  have the malar but do have the red nape crescent which is not visible in this photo. Do you have any other shots of this bird? 🙂

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I think it's probably an intergrade. That undertail color isn't like a normal Yellow-shafted (bright sunny yellow) or a normal Red-shafted (more of a brick-red). And the primary shafts are much too red for a proper Yellow-shafted. I've seen this light orange color on intergrades before. The face also seems to be intermediate in terms of the amount of gray vs. tan.

I'm from Oregon, and intergrades are actually fairly common there (so probably in Northern California too).

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