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All white woodpecker or flicker with a red triangle on the back of it's head


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#1 Kevin Keane

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:03 PM

I'm a carpenter in northern Alabama.  The house where I'm working backs up to a wooded hillside.  Everyday we've seen this all white woodpecker with a bright red triangle on the back of it's head working on this tree.  I've never seen a bird like it before!  I also have a very short video of it.  What is this bird?  I hope you can help!  Thanks, Kevin

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#2 Bird Brain

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:10 PM

WOW, Kevin. What a find!! I can't tell from the photo what type it is. The overall shape suggests a Red-headed Woodpecker to me, but I can't say for sure. It sure is a rare bird, whatever species it is!!

BTW, welcome to WhatBird. And what part of Ala. are you in? I was born at Mentone.



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Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:27 PM

Looks to me like it's a red-bellied woodpecker, not red-headed.  Almost totally leucistic (albino, if you prefer), though -- what a rare find.

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:28 PM

Wow, indeed!! I've never seen a flicker or even heard of one that looks like that. How very cool...and yes, welcome to the forum. You sure started off with a fantastic find.


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Posted 20 November 2008 - 06:01 PM

Perhaps I should have thought more carefully about the picture before I responded -- I don't think it's a red-bellied woodpecker, I think it's a northern flicker.  RBW have red in that area, but it's not a triangle.  Flickers, however, do have the triangle.  So...  an almost fully leucistic northern flicker!

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 06:34 PM

I agree on the flicker. If you look closely at the 3 shafts on the end of the tail prop and the triangle on the back of the head. What a great find! Hopefully it'll stick around for some better pictures.

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 06:38 PM

Northern Flicker would get my vote - due to the overall shape, and red crescent on nape.

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:07 PM

I agree with flicker, so glad this post had a photo! Quite the find!

#9 Kevin Keane

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 06:34 AM

Thanks,  We're in Huntsville.  I'm working on a house that backs up to Green Mountain, which is where this flicker is residing. I tried to upload the video of the bird, but the file was too big.   Kevin


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Posted 21 November 2008 - 07:19 AM

Welcome, Kevin. Wow, what a way to begin your Whatbird experience!  Thanks for sharing this with us and please keep us updated if you see it again.

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 07:42 AM

BirdBrainy:
I agree with flicker, so glad this post had a photo! Quite the find!

 Wow! Great Find! Like BirdBrainy said, if this post didn't have a picture, everyone would be so confused.



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Posted 21 November 2008 - 07:17 PM

Holy $%^& !!

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:23 AM

A true albino mutation would have pink eyes and all white feathers ( they sell cockatiels like this). If the bird has any coloration and probably black eyes, it is therefore leucistic.

Interesting!!!!






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