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Sonoran Desert Birds



Gila woodpecker (male) - (Melanerpes uropygialis)

 Gila woodpecker (male)

 Gila woodpecker (male)

 Gila woodpecker (male)

Size: 8 inches
Overall Color: tan
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: insects, cactus fruit, seeds, berries
Nest: cavity
Field Identification: red crown, barred tail and back
Season: year-round

Gila woodpecker (male)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae (woodpeckers)
Genus: Melanerpes
species: uropygialis

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