Gilded Flicker

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 19 January 2016
Scientific Name
Colaptes chrysoides
  • Piciformes
  • Picidae
  • Colaptes
  • C. chrysoides
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 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
11 inches
18.9 inches
3.2 to 4.6 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黄扑翅鴷
Czech (Cesky) datel zlatokřidlý
Danish (Dansk) Bajaguldspætte
Dutch (Nederlands) Californische Grondspecht
Finnish (Suomi) sonorankultatikka
French (Français) Pic chrysoïde
German (Deutsch) Wüstengoldspecht
Italian (Italiano) Picchio dorato
Japanese (日本語) ミナミハシボソキツツキ [himehashibosokitsutsuki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Saguarospett
Polish (Polski) dzieciol pustynny
Russian (русский язык) Золотистый дятел
Spanish (Español) Carpintero escapulario californiano
Swedish (Svenska) saguarospett
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