One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The northern flicker, Colaptes auratus, a brownish woodpecker with a spotted underside and a black crescent on the breast, found in North and Central America.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Alexander Wilson (1766–1813), ornithologist and poet. Folk-etymological alteration of hickwall, after high and hole, perhaps on account of the typical location of its nest inside a nesting hole in a tree.
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