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Gila Woodpecker

Melanerpes uropygialis

Description:

Medium- to large-sized woodpecker. Back barred black-and-white. Brown face and neck. Male with red cap.

Habitat:

Deserts of Southwest and Mexico.

Notes:

Love the sugar water in hummingbird feeders.

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3 Comments

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 11 months ago

Wow! Great picture! I would like to invite you to join my mission: Woodpeckers of Southern California. My mission radius also includes western Arizona.

JudyCrawford
JudyCrawford 3 years ago

Thank you Alice. The feeder this woodpecker goes to is suction cupped to my window, so no ants. These guys just like the sugar water... as well as watermelon, apple, sunflower seeds, and they go to the "watering hole" I put out for the critters.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 3 years ago

Excellent picture! Could there also be ants around the sugar water?

Arizona, USA

Lat: 33.60, Long: -114.22

Spotted on Oct 6, 2011
Submitted on Oct 10, 2011

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