The gilded flicker
(Colaptes chrysoides) is a large-sized woodpecker (mean length of 29 cm (11 in))
of the Sonoran, Yuma, and eastern Colorado Desert regions of the southwestern
United States and northwestern Mexico including all of the Baja Peninsula except
the extreme northwestern region
Golden yellow underwings
distinguish the gilded flicker from the northern flicker found within the same
region, which have red underwings.
female - no
The gilded flicker most
frequently builds its nest hole in a Cordon cactus, excavating a nest hole
nearer the top than the ground. The cactus defends itself against water loss
into the cavity of the nesting hole by secreting sap that hardens into a
waterproof structure that is known as a boot.
White rump patch good
Northern flickers, on the
other hand, nest in riparian trees and very rarely inhabit saguaros. Gilded
flickers occasionally hybridize with northern flickers in the narrow zones where
their range and habitat overlap.
male has red on
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