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Scope & Content 2007-06_flickers.doc

from http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=89049
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from Dave Margrave:
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: bellevue, WA USA
Posts: 57


male northern flicker mustache color (Redmond, WA, USA)
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I thought that only the yellow-shafted male flicker had a black mustache, well here is an exception: a black mustache juvenile with a red-mustache father. this picture was taken from a distance and I got moderator approval for similar nest pictures. I saw with binoculars another juvenile in the nest with a red mustache, just to make things interesting and account for the possibility of all juveniles starting out with black mustache.

In my location I don't think there is any red-yellow flicker interbreeding, i'm solidly in red flicker territory.

This is interesting.
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here are a couple more pictures, one showing the black and red-striped juvenile, and then a picture of just the red.

the fact that there are two with different coloring makes me think they are hybrids rather than a black stripe being normal juvenile coloring. Are there any experts here in this area?
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Accession number 2008.013.016