The gilded flicker Colaptes chrysoides is a large-sized woodpecker mean length of 29 cm 11 in of the Sonoran, Yuma, and eastern Colorado Desert regions of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico including all of the Baja Peninsula except the extreme northwestern region Golden yellow underwings distinguish the gilded flicker from the northern flicker found within the same region, which have red underwings
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The gilded flicker most frequently builds its nest hole in a majestic saguaro cactus, excavating a nest hole nearer the top than the ground2 The cactus defends itself against water loss into the cavity of the nesting hole by secreting sap that hardens into a waterproof structure that is known as a saguaro boot3 Northern flickers, on the other hand, nest in riparian trees and very rarely inhabit saguaros Gilded flickers occasionally hybridize with northern flickers in the narrow zones where their range and habitat overlap
- ^ BirdLife International 2012 "Colaptes chrysoides" IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Version 20132 International Union for Conservation of Nature Retrieved 26 November 2013
- ^ "Gilded Flicker" National Audubon Society Archived from the original on 2007-12-03 Retrieved 2011-01-24 Much of the Gilded Flicker's breeding biology needs study Nesting begins in early April in the United States, and pair bonds appear to last for the breeding season
- ^ Mark Elbroch; Eleanor Marie Marks; C Diane Boretos 2001 Bird tracks and sign Stackpole Books p 311 ISBN 0-8117-2696-7 Cavities in saguaros are cut out by these birds the year before they are inhabited The excavated cactus secretes a fluid that hardens into a scab, thus preventing water loss, which could kill the cactus, as well as waterproofing the inside of the next cavity
By nest hole in saguaro cactus
- Corman, T E, Wise-Gervais, C Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press 2005 ISBN 0-8263-3379-6
- National Geographic Society Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Third Edition Washington, DC: National Geographic Society 1999 ISBN 0-7922-7451-2
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