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Gila Woodpecker

Melanerpes uropygialis

Gila Woodpecker
copyright Jim Burns
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.
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Female
copyright Barb Winterfield

Desert
Desert

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Urban city
Urban city

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