Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus Scientific name definitions

Karen L. Wiebe and William S. Moore
Version: 2.0 — Published July 7, 2023

About the Author(s)


Karen L. Wiebe is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, having retired and moved back to her home province of British Columbia in 2022. Her fascination with birds began at the age of three, and she recalls adding the Northern Flicker to her "life list" at the age of seven. She began a field study of the Northern Flicker in 1997 at Riske Creek in British Columbia and, as the basis of a long-term study, maintained a color-banded population of between 100‒175 breeding pairs that lasted until 2014. This work has resulted in over 66 scientific articles on the Northern Flicker. With binders of field notes still sitting on the shelves, she hopes to reveal more insights into the behavior and breeding biology of these fascinating birds in the future.

William S. Moore is currently Professor Emeritus at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, with interests in evolutionary genetics. His early work was on the role of hybridization in the evolution of fishes, which lead to an interest in hybrid zones, avian hybridization, and ornithology. He has done extensive field work in the Northern Flicker hybrid zone and genetic studies of geographic variation in the Northern Flicker. His current interests have expanded to include the evolutionary history of the woodpeckers.

Recommended Citation

Wiebe, K. L. and W. S. Moore (2023). Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.norfli.02