Definition of yellow-shafted woodpecker in English:

yellow-shafted woodpecker


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.

    Also called yellowhammer.


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