Gila Woodpecker

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 July 2014
Scientific Name
Melanerpes uropygialis
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Melanerpes
  • M. uropygialis
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9.4 inches
16.1 inches
1.8 to 2.8 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 吉拉啄木鸟
Czech (Cesky) datel gilský
Danish (Dansk) Gilaspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Gilaspecht
Finnish (Suomi) kaktusraitatikka
French (Français) Pic des saguaros
German (Deutsch) Gilaspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio di Gila
Japanese (日本語) サバクシマセゲラ [sabakushimasegera]
Norwegian (Norsk) Kaktusspett
Polish (Polski) dzieciur kaktusowy
Russian (русский язык) Гила
Spanish (Español) Carpintero del Gila
Swedish (Svenska) Kaktusspett
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