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Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides)
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Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides)

General Description: Gilded Flickers (Colaptes chrysoides) are large, noisy woodpeckers of the southern deserts, with a barred back, a white spotted front, a black neck band, and a white rump. The face is gray, and the crown is reddish. In flight, Gilded Flickers show yellow in the wings. Males have a red mustache mark.

Taxonomy: Piciformes, Picidae, Picinae.

Favored Habitat: Desert habitats in southern Arizona with Saguaro and other large cactus species.

Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides)

Where to Find:Around Las Vegas, look for Gilded Flickers from about Searchlight southward into Arizona. The Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness Area is a good place to look for them. Otherwise, look for them in southern Arizona southward into northern Mexico and Baja California.

Comments: Flickers mostly eat ants, so they are often seen foraging on the ground.

Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides) If you were a tasty ant or a plump berry, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides)
Gilded Flicker; note the yellow feathers in the tail
Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides)
Notice barred back, spotted front, black bib, and reddish cap
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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