Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

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Common Name: Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes aurifrons

Size: 9-10 inches (24-26cm)

Habitat: Found in Mexico and Central America, and in the brush lands and open wooded areas of Texas and Oklahoma.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 1,700,000 mature individuals. Populations appear stable. The proliferation of mesquite on range land has helped populations in Texas and Oklahoma.

Diet: Insects, lizards, beetle larvae, fruits, and nuts.

Breeding: Four to five white eggs are laid in 24-hour intervals. Nests in holes in limbs and trunks of live or dead trees

Cool Facts: The Golden-fronted Woodpeckers has four subspecies that were originally thought to be different species on woodpecker. The Golden patch on the neck is yellow to orange in Texas and most of Mexico. It’s red on the Yucatan Peninsula and orange farther south.

The Golden-fronted eats as much fruit and nuts, as it does, insects. When it summers in Texas, it is said that the faces of the Golden-fronted turn stained purple from eating prickly pear cactus fruit.

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