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Gila Woodpecker Collection

The Gila Woodpecker, a common resident of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, USA, is a fascinating bird that plays an important role in its ecosystem

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - Feeding on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - helps pollinate

Gila Woodpecker - Feeding on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - helps pollinate cactus - makes holes in
CAN-2017 Gila Woodpecker - at Saguaro cactus flower Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis Feeds on nectar and insects which helps pollinate cactus

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) male feeding on nectar in Saguaro cactus blossom

Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) male feeding on nectar in Saguaro cactus blossom (Carnegiea gigantea), Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona, USA, April 2013

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Mexico, Baja California Sur, El Sargento, Melanerpes uropygialis, Gila woodpecker

Mexico, Baja California Sur, El Sargento, Melanerpes uropygialis, Gila woodpecker

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker male on tree, Pima County, Arizona

Gila Woodpecker male on tree, Pima County, Arizona

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila woodpecker foraging on cactus skeleton, USA, Arizona

Gila woodpecker foraging on cactus skeleton, USA, Arizona

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis), emerging from nest in Saguaro cactus, Arizona

Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis), emerging from nest in Saguaro cactus, Arizona, USA. July

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) feeding on Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea)

Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) feeding on Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) blossom nectar and the insects trapped in them, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Gila woodpeckers and house made with bird seed and suet

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Gila woodpeckers and house made with bird seed and suet

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) pair at nest entrance in Saguaro cactus

Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) pair at nest entrance in Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) one adult flying from nest, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Sabino Canyon. Male gila woodpecker feeding on cactus blossom. Credit as

USA, Arizona, Sabino Canyon. Male gila woodpecker feeding on cactus blossom. Credit as: Cathy and Gordon Illg / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont.com

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Amado. Male gila woodpecker on dead tree trunk

USA, Arizona, Amado. Male gila woodpecker on dead tree trunk. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Pair of gila woodpeckers on cholla skeleton

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Pair of gila woodpeckers on cholla skeleton
USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Pair of Gila woodpeckers on cholla skeleton. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male gila woodpecker on decorated stalk at Christmas time

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male gila woodpecker on decorated stalk at Christmas time
USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male Gila woodpecker on decorated stalk at Christmas time. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Two male gila woodpeckers interact on dead branch. Credit as

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Two male gila woodpeckers interact on dead branch. Credit as
USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Two male Gila woodpeckers interact on dead branch. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. White-winged Dove and female gila woodpecker

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. White-winged Dove and female gila woodpecker. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male and female gila woodpeckers on cholla skeleton. Credit as

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male and female gila woodpeckers on cholla skeleton. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Two male gila woodpeckers on dead branch

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Two male gila woodpeckers on dead branch
USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Two male Gila woodpeckers on dead branch. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker, Melanerpes uropygialis, pecking at a cactus

Gila Woodpecker, Melanerpes uropygialis, pecking at a cactus

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male gila woodpecker and female house finches

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male gila woodpecker and female house finches. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male gila woodpecker lands on cholla skeleton. Credit as

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Male gila woodpecker lands on cholla skeleton. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Amado. Female gila woodpecker and ladder-backed woodpecker on tree trunk

USA, Arizona, Amado. Female gila woodpecker and ladder-backed woodpecker on tree trunk. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Amado. Female gila woodpecker on dead tree trunk

USA, Arizona, Amado. Female gila woodpecker on dead tree trunk. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Sonoran Desert. Male Gila woodpecker on century plant

USA, Arizona, Sonoran Desert. Male Gila woodpecker on century plant. Credit as: Cathy & Gordon Illg / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Sonoran Desert. Gila woodpecker at nest hole in saguaro cactus. Credit as

USA, Arizona, Sonoran Desert. Gila woodpecker at nest hole in saguaro cactus. Credit as: Cathy & Gordon Illg / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Female gilded flicker landing on branch

USA, Arizona, Buckeye. Female gilded flicker landing on branch. Credit as: Wendy Kaveney / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila woodpecker drinking C014 / 1555

Gila woodpecker drinking C014 / 1555
Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) drinking water drops. This bird is a medium-sized woodpecker native to the desert regions of the southwestern United States

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Male gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis), The Pond, Amado, Arizona

Male gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis), The Pond, Amado, Arizona, United States of America, North America

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: USA, Saguaro National

USA, Saguaro National Park, Arizona, Saguaro Cactus, Gila Woodpecker, Carnegiea gigantea

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker. San Blas, Mexico in March

Gila Woodpecker. San Blas, Mexico in March
JZ-3645 Gila Woodpecker San Blas, Mexico in March Melanerpes uropygialis Jim Zipp Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest with food in mouth - Saguaro cactus - Sonoran

Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest with food in mouth - Saguaro cactus - Sonoran Desert - Arizona - USA
CAN-3581 Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest with food in mouth - Saguaro cactus Sonoran Desert - Arizona - USA Melanerpes uropygialis John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - Calling and feeding on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom

Gila Woodpecker - Calling and feeding on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - Arizona - USA
CAN-3579 Gila Woodpecker - Calling and feeding on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom Arizona - USA Melanerpes uropygialis John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - In flight landing on nest in Saguaro cactus with food for young - Sonoran Desert

Gila Woodpecker - In flight landing on nest in Saguaro cactus with food for young - Sonoran Desert - Arizona - USA
CAN-3574 Gila Woodpecker - In flight landing on nest in Saguaro cactus with food for young Sonoran Desert - Arizona - USA Melanerpes uropygialis John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - Male and female at nest in Saguaro cactus - Arizona - USA

Gila Woodpecker - Male and female at nest in Saguaro cactus - Arizona - USA
CAN-3572 Gila Woodpecker - Male and female at nest in Saguaro cactus Arizona - USA Melanerpes uropygialis John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest in Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea)

Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest in Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) - Sonoran Desert - Arizona - USA
CAN-3570 Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest in Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) Sonoran Desert - Arizona - USA Melanerpes uropygialis John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest with young in Saguaro cactus - Sonoran Desert

Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest with young in Saguaro cactus - Sonoran Desert - Arizona - USA
CAN-3567 Gila Woodpecker - In flight emerging from nest with young in Saguaro cactus Sonoran Desert - Arizona - USA Melanerpes uropygialis John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - Arizona - Feeding on nectar in Aloe Vera blossoms- Common Sonoran desert

Gila Woodpecker - Arizona - Feeding on nectar in Aloe Vera blossoms- Common Sonoran desert resident - Overall range
CAN-2969 Gila Woodpecker - feeding on nectar in Aloe Vera blossoms Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis Common Sonoran desert resident, overall range from southwestern U.S. to central Mexico

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - At nest with food in mouth, Feeds on nectar

Gila Woodpecker - At nest with food in mouth, Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - helps
CAN-2172 Gila Woodpecker - At nest with food in mouth Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom, helps pollinate cactus

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker In flight, leaving nest with food in mouth. Feeds on nectar

Gila Woodpecker In flight, leaving nest with food in mouth. Feeds on nectar
CAN-2171 Gila Woodpecker - In flight, leaving nest with food in mouth Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - in flight, leaving nest. Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus

Gila Woodpecker - in flight, leaving nest. Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - helps pollinate
CAN-2168 Gila Woodpecker - in flight, leaving nest Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom, helps pollinate cactus

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker - in flight, entering nest with food in mouth - Feeds on nectar

Gila Woodpecker - in flight, entering nest with food in mouth - Feeds on nectar
CAN-2167 Gila Woodpecker - in flight, entering nest with food in mouth Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker In flight leaving nest in Cactus Feeds on nectar

Gila Woodpecker In flight leaving nest in Cactus Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - helps
CAN-2029 Gila Woodpecker - in flight leaving nest in Cactus Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis Makes holes in Saguaro cactus for their nests which are then used by other birds

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker Leaving nest in Cactus Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom

Gila Woodpecker Leaving nest in Cactus Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - helps pollinate
CAN-2026 Gila Woodpecker - Leaving nest in Cactus. Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis Makes holes in Saguaro cactus for their nests which are then used by other birds

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker At nest in Cactus Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom

Gila Woodpecker At nest in Cactus Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - helps pollinate cactus
CAN-2024 Gila Woodpecker - At nest in Cactus Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus flowers - helps pollinate cactus

Background imageGila Woodpecker Collection: Gila Woodpecker Feeding young at nest in Cactus Feeds on nectar

Gila Woodpecker Feeding young at nest in Cactus Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus blossom - helps
CAN-2019 Gila Woodpecker - Feeding young at nest in Cactus. Arizona, USA Melanerpes uropygialis Feeds on nectar and insects in the Saguaro cactus flowers - helps pollinate cactus



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The Gila Woodpecker, a common resident of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, USA, is a fascinating bird that plays an important role in its ecosystem. With its unique feeding habits, it helps to pollinate the Saguaro cactus by feasting on nectar and insects found within its blossoms. As it darts from one blossom to another, the Gila Woodpecker unknowingly transfers pollen from flower to flower, aiding in their reproduction. Not only does this woodpecker contribute to the survival of the Saguaro cactus, but it also creates homes for other birds. By drilling holes into the sturdy trunks of these giant cacti, they fashion nests that are later utilized by various avian species seeking shelter and protection. In flight, emerging from their intricate nests hidden within the Saguaro cactus forest, these woodpeckers showcase their agility and grace. Their vibrant plumage stands out against the desert backdrop as they soar through the arid landscape. During breeding season, male they can be observed feeding on nectar directly from Saguaro cactus blossoms. This behavior not only sustains them but also aids in cross-pollination between different plants. These resourceful birds have adapted well to human presence too. In Buckeye, Arizona, some homeowners provide them with specially made houses filled with birdseed and suet as a way of attracting them closer for observation and enjoyment. Whether perched at nest entrances or clinging onto cholla skeletons or dead tree trunks scattered across their habitat in Amado or Sabino Canyon respectively; these resilient creatures never fail to captivate us with their beauty and resilience. Even during festive times like Christmas when decorated stalks become part of our celebrations in Buckeye; male Gila Woodpeckers find solace amidst such decorations while interacting playfully with each other on dead branches nearby.