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Gilded Flicker

Colaptes chrysoides

Gilded Flicker
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 11 in. (28 cm)
A species closely associated with Saguaro Cactus and open desert, this woodpecker eats fruit and insects, especially ants from the ground. It makes its nest hole in a tall cactus but is often driven from the nest cavity by Starlings. The four-digit banding code is GIFL.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Desert
Desert

Urban city
Urban city

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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