Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

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(Colaptes auratus). Patient Number 24-39.

Date of admission: March 12, 2024.
Reason for admission: Left Ulna/Radius Fracture

Patient History:

The Northern flicker is a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family. They have a brown body covered in black bars, with the undersides of their wings and tail feathers being a golden-yellow hue. This becomes visible when they are in flight. Northern flickers can be found in a diverse range of habitats, such as woodlands, open forests, and urban areas with mature trees. They have a varied diet, which includes insects, ants, beetles, and other invertebrates found on the ground or in trees. As well as, they eat fruits, seeds, and nuts, making their diet diverse and adaptable to their surroundings.

Northern flickers typically breed in the spring and summer months. They excavate cavities in trees, which they use as nesting sites. After the female lays her eggs, both parents take turns incubating them. Once hatched, the parents work together to feed and care for their chicks until they fledge and become independent. Throughout the year, these captivating birds enchant observers with their vibrant colors, rhythmic drumming sounds, and acrobatic foraging techniques.

This Northern Flicker came in to care with his left-wing broken in two places, requiring pins in both the radius and ulna to stabilize the bones. Surgeries on smaller birds can be challenging, but the procedure was successful, and we hope this woodpecker can make a full recovery! Thank you for supporting their care.