Litters per Year:
# of Young Born:
Raising the Young:
Both parents care for the eggs and feed the young one for a month after they are hatched.
tend to bang loudly on metal chimneys and pipes to announce their territories and also to attract mates.
Wooded desert washes and in saguaro cactus
Cactus fruit and insects
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.