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A Bird of a Different Color

In my position as ombudsman, I receive a number of photos from the public of unusual birds.

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photo of a pileated woodpecker on a suet feeder

A Midwinter Jicker Flicker and a Silly Pileated

Being snowed in has its rewards.

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Cavity Creatures

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Many wildlife creatures might call an old snag tree home.

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Photo of male downy woodpecker clinging to suet feeder

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens
Ornately decorated black-and-white upperparts and white underparts are the first things you’ll notice about a downy woodpecker as it forages on tree bark or visits your suet feeder.

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Photo of a male downy woodpecker on a feeder.

Male Downy Woodpecker

Photo of a male downy woodpecker on a feeder.

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Missouri Woodpeckers

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Seven species of woodpeckers eat insect pests and keep our forest healthy.

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Image of a northern flicker

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus
America’s flickers used to be considered three different species, but in the 1980s biologists determined otherwise. Now, our eastern “yellow-shafted” flicker, the “red-shafted” flicker of the west and the “gilded flicker” of the southwest are all considered just “forms” of the same species: the northern flicker.

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Photo of a male northern flicker on a suet feeder.

Northern Flicker on Suet Feeder

Male northern flicker on a suet feeder with snow in background.

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Photograph of a pileated woodpecker, side view

Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus
The large, crow-sized pileated woodpecker often attracts attention with its loud, resonant drumming high in trees. Confirm your observation by noting its black body with white markings and its red topknot.

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