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 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 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.