Bird #23a — Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)

colaptes (to peck with bill) discolor (of different colors) cafer (When Johann Gmelin, German systematist, named this bird as a distinct species in 1788, he mistook the origin of the bird, assuming it came from the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.  Hence, Kaffir)

Tuesday, April 3, 1984 — 9:15 am

Madera Canyon, Arizona — Santa Rita Lodge

We were walking around the canyon near the lodge, watching Acorn Woodpeckers.  I spotted the flickers feeding on the grass along a road through woods near the lodge.

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