Gila Woodpecker vs Gilded Flicker.

Male Gila Woodpecker





A good friend of ours asked Debbie today about differences between Gila Woodpeckers and Gilded Flickers.  She is having a hard time telling the two apart.  So let’s have a look.

Male Gila Woodpecker

Male Gila Woodpeckers have a very noticeable red patch on top of the head.  They are about 9 1/2″ in length, have black and white  barred back and rump.  Calls are a rolling Churr followed by yip-yip.  These birds are pretty common and sometimes dominate backyard feeders.  Females and immature birds lack the red head patch.




Male Gilded Flick


Male Gilded Flickers            (11 1/2″)have beautiful red moustachial  stripes.  They have thin back bars and  a white rump.  Gilded Flickers also have a bold black chest patch.    Their call is a wick-er.wicker. These birds are usually seen in pairs.


So basically, Gilas are smaller than Flickers, males have a red patch on top of the head and have a dark rump.  They are usually more numerous, almost pesky, around backyard feeders.  Male Flickers have red moustachial strips, spotted chest with a bold black patch and white rumps.

Female Gila Woodpecker

Female Gilded Flicker

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