Meaning of yellow-shafted woodpecker in English:

yellow-shafted woodpecker

noun

North American
  • A northern flicker of the subspecies Colaptes auratus auratus, having golden-yellow patches under the tail and on the underwings, and yellow shafts on the primary feathers.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Latham (1740–1837), naturalist.