Golden-fronted Woodpecker Life History

Habitat

Habitat Open WoodlandsOpen to semiopen woodlands, second-growth forests, and brushlands.Back to top

Food

Food InsectsInsects, fruit, seeds, occasional birds' eggs and lizards.Back to top

Nesting

Nest Placement

Nest Cavity

Nest Description

Nests in holes in limbs and trunks of live or dead trees.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:4-7 eggs
Egg Description:White.
Condition at Hatching:Naked and helpless with eyes closed.
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Behavior

Behavior Bark ForagerGleans insects from bark, probes into holes and dead wood, scales bark, hawks for flying insects.Back to top

Conservation

Conservation Low ConcernGolden-fronted Woodpecker populations declined between 1966 and 2014 by about 46%, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 3 million, with 23% living in the U.S., and 64% in Mexico. The species rates a 9 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. Golden-fronted Woodpecker populations may benefit from the proliferation of mesquite on rangeland.Back to top

Credits

Husak, Michael S. and Terry C. Maxwell. 1998. Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

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

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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