Northern Flicker

How do the feeding habits of Flickers differ from those of other woodpeckers?

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The Nothern Flicker is the only woodpecker that regularly feeds on the ground. This species prefers ants and beetles. To neutralize the acidic defense of ants, flickers produce antacid saliva.

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The collective name is a “guttering”, “menorah”, or “Peterson” of flickers.