The Gilded Flicker is a large woodpecker that lives in saguaro cactus forests in the North American southwestern deserts. They have a gray face and red mustache, looking similar to the “red-shafted” Northern Flicker, but with yellow wings like the “yellow-shafted” Northern Flicker.  The red is usually a western bird, while the yellow is generally found in the east. Gilded Flickers nest in holes they dig in the saguaros. They eat insects, nuts, and seeds, although primarily ants.


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3 thoughts on “GILDED FLICKER

  1. Hmm… I know the northern flicker because they migrate each spring and fall but not the gilder woodpecker. The northern woodpecker has yellow shafts on his wings. The ones that I have seen here have bright orange feathers but they are also migrating birds leaving in the early spring. (Abiquiu, New Mexico

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