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#1 Kaysei

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:03 PM

I've seen this woodpecker around quite often lately, usually in the company of another red-bellied with the usual red-head. Is this one leucistic? Or is he just bald? Weird bird! In the two smaller pics he was panting his little head off because it was soooo hot out!

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:09 PM

Pretty sure its just a normal juvenile. The red nape grows in when they reach adult plumage.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:20 PM

I agree, it appears a little disproportionate simply because it's young.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:12 PM

Thanks!

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:47 PM

this is a young flicker just fledged recently and has been coming to feeder for several days. notice it also has that bald odd color look. but i can see more features and agility in just a few daysPosted Image

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 02:19 PM

This looks like a typical female Red-shafted Flicker to me. The only reliable aging character I can find is that juveniles have a gray-brown iris, which your bird doesn't appear to have.




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