Gilded Flicker Life History

Habitat

Habitat DesertsStrongly associated with, but not completely restricted to, giant cactus forests of southwestern deserts.Back to top

Food

Food InsectsInsects, primarily ants. Also fruits and seeds.Back to top

Nesting

Nest Placement

Nest Cavity

Nest Description

Digs hole in saguaro cactus. Cavity unlined.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:3-8 eggs
Egg Description:White.
Condition at Hatching:Naked and helpless.
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Behavior

Behavior Ground ForagerForages primarily on ground.Back to top

Conservation

Conservation DecliningGilded Flicker populations appear to have declined between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 600,000, with 40% living in the U.S., and 60% in Mexico. The species rates a 14 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, and are on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists bird species that are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without conservation action. Back to top

Credits

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

Moore, William S., Peter Pyle and Karen L. Wiebe. 2017. Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides), version 2.1. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, Jr. Ziolkowski, D. J. and W. A. Link. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, results and analysis 1966-2013 (Version 1.30.15). USGS Patuxtent Wildlife Research Center 2014b. Available from http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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