Gilded Flicker

Colaptes chrysoides


The Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides) is a species of woodpecker (family Picidae) in the order of woodpeckers and toucans (Piciformes) of bird (class Aves).


A large-sized woodpecker, very similar to Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus). Overall a pale sandy color, spotted below with a brown crown and gray face and a black oval shaped bib. Golden-yellow underwings distinguish the gilded flicker from the northern flicker which has red underwings. Males have a red mustache stripe, sexes are otherwise similar.


Found in saguaro cactus forests of the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.



Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides) - United States

United States

Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides) - United States

United States


Species in the Genus of Colaptes

Andean Flicker

Colaptes rupicola

Bermuda Flicker

Colaptes oceanicus

Black-necked Woodpecker

Colaptes atricollis

Campo Flicker

Colaptes campestris

Chilean Flicker

Colaptes pitius

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker

Colaptes rivolii

Fernandina's Flicker

Colaptes fernandinae

Gilded Flicker

Colaptes chrysoides

Golden-olive Woodpecker

Colaptes rubiginosus

Gray-crowned Woodpecker

Colaptes auricularis

Green-barred Woodpecker

Colaptes melanochloros

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Spot-breasted Woodpecker

Colaptes punctigula

External Links

Gilded Flicker – Wikipedia
Gilded Flicker – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Gilded Flicker –