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Gilded Flicker

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About the Gilded Flicker

The Gilded Flicker is a medium-sized species of woodpecker found in the Sonoran Desert in southwestern North America. They are closely related to the Northern Flicker and were at one time considered to be the same species. The Gilded Flicker has the red mustachial stripe of the red-shafted flicker and the yellow underwings of the yellow-shafted flicker.

Gilded Flickers most frequently build their nests inside holes excavated in saguaro cactus plants. The birds do not line the nest cavity but the cactus does secrete a sap that protects itself from water loss from the excavation.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 January 2016
Scientific Name Colaptes chrysoides
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Colaptes
  • C. chrysoides
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 5 October 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
11 inches
18.9 inches
3.2 to 4.6 ounces
Range North America United States (West) Americas

International Names

  • 黄扑翅鴷 (Chinese)
  • datel zlatokřidlý (Czech)
  • Bajaguldspætte (Danish)
  • Californische Grondspecht (Dutch)
  • sonorankultatikka (Finnish)
  • Pic chrysoïde (French)
  • Wüstengoldspecht (German)
  • Picchio dorato (Italian)
  • ミナミハシボソキツツキ [himehashibosokitsutsuki] (Japanese)
  • Saguarospett (Norwegian)
  • dzieciol pustynny (Polish)
  • Золотистый дятел (Russian)
  • Carpintero escapulario californiano (Spanish)
  • saguarospett (Swedish)