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Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Melanerpes aurifrons ORDER: PICIFORMES FAMILY: PICIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A stripe-backed woodpecker of Mexico and Central America, the Golden-fronted Woodpecker reaches the United States only in the brushlands and open woodlands of Texas and Oklahoma.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Medium- to large-sized woodpecker.
  • Back barred black-and-white.
  • Orange-yellow back of neck.
  • White rump.
  • Male with red cap.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but duller, with fine streaking on crown and breast, and only faint color on nape and nasal tufts. Eyes brown.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker has red nape, crown (in the male), and nasal tufts, and white-barred, not black central tail feathers.
  • Gila Woodpecker has a plain gray head and nape, barred central tail feathers, and fine black bars on its rump.