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Gilded Flicker Colaptes chrysoides


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Gilded Flicker
credit: Glenn Seplak/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Picidae, Woodpeckers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has pale golden buff back and upper wing coverts, marked with narrow dark barring; rump is white and tail is black. Head is mainly gray, but with buffy brown crown and nape and with red malar stripe. Black chest patch is half-moon (not crescent-) shaped and whitish underparts are marked with black spots that grade to bars on undertail coverts. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but face lacks a malar stripe. JUVENILE Similar to respective sex adult.

Dimensions Length: 12" (30 cm)

Habitat Very locally common resident of arid woodland and saguaro cactus "forests" in southwest (mainly Arizona).

Observation Tips Easy to see in desert areas with large saguaro cacti.

Range Rocky Mountains, California, Southwest

Voice Utters a rapid, raptorlike kewkew- kewÖ, almost identical to Northern Flicker.

Discussion Desert counterpart of Northern Flicker (closest in appearance to "Yellow-shafted"), but paler overall, marginally smaller, and with subtle plumage differences. Sexes are dissimilar.