[CT Birds] Northern Flicker behavior
royz at royzartarian.com
Mon May 12 10:43:29 EDT 2014
You saw the Flickers doing what BNA Online calls the Wicka (from the
vocalization) dance and describes as a ritualized agonistic behavior,
usually between two members of the same sex, whose purpose is undetermined.
I had the opportunity to watch the same behavior in my back yard about
three years ago. It's a fascinating phenomenon.
On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM, Beverly Propen <bpropen at gmail.com> wrote:
> 5/12 Orange backyard
> I was observing an interesting behavior by 3 Northern Flickers this
> 2 Females were on a horizontal branch with bills facing skyward, tilting
> their heads back & forth, bills almost used like swords. Their tail
> feathers were spread and they did a light dance on the branch. The male
> flicker was attached to the trunk of the tree underneath them. His tail
> also spread, then he approached the 2 females on the horizontal branch, he
> displayed similar behavior of bill tilted upward, head back and forth and
> dancing around on the branch. I assume it was a courtship display, but I
> am puzzled why the 2 females (no malar stripe) were displaying to each
> Bev Propen, Orange
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