Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Taken along Loop Road in western Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA.
This is a male Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) caring for its young. Both parents feed young, by regurgitation. This is a common species that is found throughout most of North America. There are two distinct races of Northern Flicker, the Yellow-shafted in northern and eastern North America and the Red-shafted in the west. In this image we see the yellow shafts in the bird's wing and tail feathers.