Tree Clinging

Gila Woodpecker

Melanerpes uropygialis
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Length: 10 in. (24 cm )
A desert species, the Gila Woodpecker makes nest holes in Saguaro cactus, riparian trees and buildings. These holes are often used by many other cavity nesting birds that can not make their own holes. This woodpecker adjusts readily to humans and is common in desert cities and suburbs. It feeds on insects, fruit and berries, and has been known to eat bird eggs.

The four-digit banding code is GIWO.

Female | Barb Winterfield

Male | Jim Burns


Desert

Riparian / River forest

Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Gila Woodpecker
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 21, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/gila-woodpecker

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Gila Woodpecker. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 21, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/gila-woodpecker

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Gila Woodpecker". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/gila-woodpecker

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Dr. Biology. "Gila Woodpecker". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 21 Jun 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/gila-woodpecker

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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