The Yellow-shafted Flicker is found in the eastern half of North America and right into the Caribbean islands. The Fernandina's Flicker is a native bird of Cuba and found only on the island of Cuba, in mostly the southwestern regions. Both these birds are common depending where one seeks each flicker species.
The flickers are more apt to be seen feeding on the ground as opposed to other types of woodpeckers that mainly feed on the surface of trees. Beetles and ants make up most of the flicker's diet.