Gila Woodpeckers

Mating Season: 

April-August

 

Mating Preferences: 

Monogamous 

 

Incubation Period:

2 weeks

 

Litters per Year: 

1

 

# of Young Born: 

2-3

 

Raising the Young: 

Both parents care for the eggs and feed the young one for a month after they are hatched.

 

Behavior: 

tend to bang loudly on metal chimneys and pipes to announce their territories and also to attract mates.

 

Territory: 

Wooded desert washes and in saguaro cactus

 

Diet: 

Cactus fruit and insects

 

Life Expectancy: 

7 years

 

Fun Facts: 

After digging a nesting hole into a cactus, the Woodpecker allows the hole to dry up for quite a few months before it is utilized. This allows the cactus to build a solid dry wall around the nest.

 

Males have a red crown on their head.

 

Major difference between Gila Woodpeckers and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers: Gila has brown/tannish face and Ladder-Backed has black/white stripes.

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520-561-1355

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P.O. Box 91934

Tucson, AZ 85752

AZ Game & fish License #sp645318

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