Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides) - HBW 7, p. 513
French: Pic chrysoïde
Spanish: Carpintero de California
Taxonomy: Geopicus (Colaptes) chrysoides Malherbe, 1852, Cape San Lucas, Baja California.
Forms a superspecies with C. auratus. Genetically is not significantly divergent from SW “cafer group” of that species, and treated as conspecific by some authors, but separated to a reasonable extent by habitat preferences, with limited hybridization; considered better treated as allospecies. Races intergrade clinally. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- brunnescens Anthony, 1895 - N & C Baja California.
- chrysoides (Malherbe, 1852) - S Baja California.
- mearnsi Ridgway, 1911 - extreme SE California (Colorado Valley) and S & C Arizona S in desert to NW Mexico (N Sonora).
- tenebrosus van Rossem, 1930 - N Sonora to N Sinaloa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male Gilded Flicker perched on top of the ribs of a dead Saguaro cactus.
Locality Marana, Pima County, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp mearnsi)
LauraStafford 15 October 2013 11 weeks ago 4.3
single male perched on Saguaro cactus
Locality Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp mearnsi)
Mat Gilfedder 1 April 2011 3 years ago 4
Perched on ocotillo in our back yard, Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona.
Locality Arizona, USA (United States)
manakin 19 January 2007 5 years ago 4