French: Pic chrysoïde German: Wüstengoldspecht Spanish: Carpintero escapulario californiano
Geopicus (Colaptes) chrysoides
Cape San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. brunnescens
Anthony, 1895 – N & C Baja California.
C. c. chrysoides
(Malherbe, 1852) – S Baja California.
C. c. mearnsi
Ridgway, 1911 – extreme SE California (Colorado Valley) and S & C Arizona S in desert to NW Mexico (N Sonora).
C. c. tenebrosus
van Rossem, 1930 – N Sonora to N Sinaloa.
c. 26–30 cm; 92–129 g (mearnsi). Male has rusty to rufous-yellow forehead to hindneck, red malar, rest of head down to upper breast grey; pale brownish... read more
Descending “peah” or “klee-yer”, long series of “whit” notes in... read more
Arid scrub and desert with large cacti and yucca (Yucca) plants, and dry riverine woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Ants and their brood, and other insects. Also fruits, e.g. of cactus, and berries; also nuts, including pecan (Carya) and walnut... read more
Laying Feb–Jun. Nest most frequently excavated in large cactus, particularly saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), at 3... read more
Resident; wanderers recorded N to SW Utah.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. Stable or increasing in USA, with average increase of 8% annually since 1968. In Mexico, conversion of cactus deserts to irrigated farmland... read more
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