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Fernandina's Flicker Colaptes fernandinae



Distinguishing Characteristics

The Fernandina's Flicker is probably the largest living woodpecker found today in Cuba. The whole body is evenly bright yellowish brown barred with dark brown or black. Head in both sexes is cinnamon barred dark brown except in the auricular area; males present a black malar area, it resembles a mustache, which is absent on females. Both sexes have a black stripe crown. White rump with a few thin bars.

Similar Species

The Fernandina's Flicker is perhaps most similar to the Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), a species with both resident and migratory populations found in the Cuban Archipelago. Some forms of male Northen Flicker have the black whisker feathers in the malar area similar to Fernandina's Flicker. However, Fernandina's Flicker lacks the black feathers on the chest and the red feathers in the nape area.

Detailed Description

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Bare Parts

Iris: black

Bill: black

Tarsi and toes: black to blackish lead

Observations by: Aryamne Serrano and Eduardo IƱigo Elias field notes 2006-2017

Recommended Citation

Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: