Gila Woodpeckers live in the Sonora desert region of the southwest U.S. and in western Mexico. Often near saguaros, where they excavate a cavity to nest in. This cactus provides a cool place for them to raise their young in the hot desert. They eat mostly insects, but will also eat cactus fruit and berries. They are prey to coyotes, bobcats, snakes, and large birds of prey.