Gila Woodpecker ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Gila Woodpecker

Gila woodpecker excavates nest cavities in large saguaro cacti of the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. It also thrives in suburbs with large saguaros and few houses, Pairs defend and reuse their nest cavities from year to year; abandoned cavities become homes for Elf Owls and other desert birds.

Perches vertically, clinging to poles, cactus’s, and trees, bracing itself with stiff tail feathers. Eats insects, fruits and berries. Like most woodpeckers, Gila’s are omnivores, sometimes eating small lizards and taking small bird eggs.

Males have a narrow red crown patch where females are unmarked

VOICE a rolling quirrr, similar to a Red-bellied Woodpecker; repeated wik notes; and repeated nasal, tinny deet or deetle

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Nice colorful detail Kim

  • Thank you Larry!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyover 3 years ago

    It’s amazing Kimberly just how these woodpeckers may resemble other species, and yet have subtle color and behavior differences.

  • I agree Franklin, thank you so much my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Chuck Gardner
    Chuck Gardnerover 3 years ago

    Wow you nailed that shot Kimberly, I like the coloring on this woody.

  • Thank you Chuck so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Superb !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………..Tony

  • Thank you so very much Tony!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture !

  • I appreciate that Trish, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Oh a fave for sure, excellent capture and very beautiful!

  • Thank you so very much Swaby!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 3 years ago

    He looks so much like our Northern Flicker. Love the shot, and your description, Kimberly.

  • Thank you David!! Your support is appreciated!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Thank you SO much Larry for this honor!! I do so appreciate it!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Swaby!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 3 years ago

    Nice job.

  • Thank you Barb!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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