• Women's Dialogue Session

    Wise Women Rising

    On the weekend of November 5, 2017, Haida women from across the Islands and from away, gathered for the Haida Women’s Dialogue Session in HlGaagilda Skidegate – the first of a three-part series hosted by [...]
  • National Affairs

    Islanders Meet to Discuss BCTS Issues

    Graham Richard — Over 70 citizens of Haida Gwaii discussed the future of Haida Gwaii’s forests at Tluu Xaada Naay, Thursday, November 23, 2017. They paid specific attention to cut blocks proposed in the Nadu [...]
  • Basketball

    Swish: Bellis honoured

    Rhonda Lee McIsaac — “I am happy to accept this,” said Arnie Bellis, about being named to the All Native Basketball Tournament Hall of Fame for coaching. Bellis coached for thirty years, not just in [...]
  • Critters

    Skitters: The Black Oystercatcher

    Graham Richard — Gaaw Xaad Kil: Sgadaang HlGaagilda Xaayda Kil: sgaada.nga When Xaw’s North Wind son brought the daughter of Xyuu Southeaster to live at his father’s house, she found it covered in icicles. These [...]
In the Spotlight

Sgalts’id (Red shafted flicker)

by info@haidanation.com in Critters 0

English: Red-shafted flicker Hlgaagilda Xaayda Kil: Sgalts’id Latin: Colaptes auratus cafer Sgalts’id is a charismatic woodpecker with a large migratory range throughout the western half of north and central America. Due to its prevalence across a large territory, the bird has been endowed with over 100 common English names from various regions, including the clape, gaffer, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, yarrup, and gawker bird. Sgalts’id is one of three subspecies, the second being the eastern-oriented Yellow-shafted flicker and the third now extinct. The birds sport a grey, spotted jacket with a famously bright underpinning, which flashes orange with each wing-beat. Males also grow a bright red ‘moustache’. While they are best known for loudly banging on trees in pursuit of grubs, this species actually has the peculiar habit of dining on the ground, where ants make up to 45% of their diet. Sgalts’id is the only woodpecker that hammers into the ground to mine juicy ant-larvae, scooping up the helpless snacks with its 50mm-long tongue. Snacking, however, is not the only use for an ant. In a cleaning behaviour called ‘anting’, Sgalts’id also pick up the feisty morsels and douse their feathers in the defensive fomic acid the ants spray. This [...]

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