The Northern Flicker is one confused woodpecker. He’s been called a Common Flicker, a Flicker, a Red-shafted Flicker and a Yellow-shafted Flicker, among other things. Well, today I’m going to straighten this whole mess out! He’s officially called the Northern Flicker. However, there are two distinct sub species: yellow-shafted and red-shafted. Eastern flickers have yellow shafts on their primary flight feathers as well as yellow on the underneath side and are known as Yellow-shafted Flickers. Western flickers have red shafts and red on the underneath side, and are known as Red-shafted Flickers. That’s simple enough, right? This fella right here is the yellow shafted variety.