Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides) - HBW 7, p. 513

French: Pic chrysoïde German: Wüstengoldspecht 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.