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About the Gila Woodpecker

Also known as: Brewster's Woodpecker, Cardon Woodpecker

The Gila Woodpecker is a medium-sized species of woodpecker found in the desert southwest of the United States, and parts of Mexico. They nest in cavities they build inside saguaro cactus plants or mesquite trees.

Gila Woodpeckers are non-migratory residents throughout their range. They sometimes make seasonal movements in elevation depending on food sources.

The population trend for the Gila Woodpecker is stable and the conservation status is Least Concern as of July 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 July 2014
Scientific Name Melanerpes uropygialis
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Melanerpes
  • M. uropygialis
Birdorable Family Woodpeckers
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9.4 inches
16.1 inches
1.8 to 2.8 ounces

International Names

  • 吉拉啄木鸟 (Chinese)
  • datel gilský (Czech)
  • Gilaspætte (Danish)
  • Gilaspecht (Dutch)
  • kaktusraitatikka (Finnish)
  • Pic des saguaros (French)
  • Gilaspecht (German)
  • Picchio di Gila (Italian)
  • サバクシマセゲラ [sabakushimasegera] (Japanese)
  • Kaktusspett (Norwegian)
  • dzieciur kaktusowy (Polish)
  • Гила (Russian)
  • Carpintero del Gila (Spanish)
  • Kaktusspett (Swedish)