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Gilded Flicker

Colaptes chrysoides ORDER: PICIFORMES FAMILY: PICIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large and common woodpecker of the saguaro cactus forests of the Sonoran Desert, the Gilded Flicker has the gray face and red mustache of the "red-shafted" form of the Northern Flicker, but the yellow wings of the "yellow-shafted" form.

Appearance

Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium to large woodpecker.
  • Grayish brown.
  • Barred on top, spotted below.
  • Black crescent on chest.
  • Rump white, conspicuous in flight.
  • Yellow patches in wings obvious in flight.

Immature Description

Juvenile resembles adult, but colors duller.

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Similar Species

  • Northern Flicker very similar, but "red-shafted" form has reddish wing and tail feathers. "Yellow-shafted" form has brown face and red crescent on the nape; male has a black mustache mark.

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