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Tucson, Arizona
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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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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Excellent details and color in this capture Kimberly

  • Thank you Larry!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 3 years ago

    nice catch…beautiful colors.

  • Thank you George!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture of this bird on a cactus, well done

  • Thank you so much Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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