on one site I visited it implied other people mistake the two by comparing the flicker with the red bellied woodpecker. But Hey! It said their are 210 subspecies so I guess some look more like them than others. Even though I haven't taken any real photos lately I understand the long versus short lens issue. It seemed like I always had the wrong lens with me or on the camera. I finally bought enough lens but my bag got to be so heavy I quit carrying it. I really wanted two similar cameras I could put different lens on rather than one camera and a bunch of lens but the later was cheaper buying used stuff. Thanks!