Gila Woodpecker Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A medium-sized woodpecker with a long, pointed bill.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Ladder-backed Woodpecker, smaller than a Gilded Flicker.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 8.7-9.4 in (22-24 cm)
      • Weight: 1.8-2.8 oz (51-79 g)
      • Wingspan: 15.8-16.5 in (40-42 cm)

Regional Differences

One subspecies is found in the United States and south through Mexico (uropygialis), while two subspecies (brewsteri, cardonensis) are endemic to Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The plumages of the subspecies differ only subtly.