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The Gila Woodpecker Animals of all kinds are struggling to survive as our world changes Day by day people require even more space food etc and all these demands put a squeeze on the earths resources including its wildlife The biggest problem for wildlife today is that people destroy and change natural landscapes and animals lose places that they need to live in Otherwise known as Melanerpes uropygialis the Gila woodpecker is being threatened with extinction There is a large environmental impact on this endangered animal The Gila woodpecker is very unique bird in which no similar species overlap its range In relation there is the Red-bellied Woodpecker and the Golden-fronted Woodpecker There is much to know about the Gila woodpecker and its environment The Gila woodpecker has a zebra-striped back and a plain grayish tan head and breast They have black wings which are spotted with white The white spots can be seen while the bird is in flight It has a white rear and upper tail with small dark barring The adult males have small red caps on the top of their head These woodpeckers are chisel-billed and wood boring They also have very powerful feet extremely long tongues and stiff spiny tails that act as tails while climbing The Gila woodpecker reaches about 23 cm in length The Gila woodpeckers all have a similar habitat Most live in California riparian woodlands cottonwood groves parklands and residential neighborhoods that have tall trees all year round Also the Gila woodpecker is common in cactus woodlands in southwestern US and northwestern Mexico The Gila woodpecker is especially noisy and is known for making saguaro-hole homes Woodpeckers tend to use the same nesting hold twice but the holes are often taken by rodents and other animals After constructing these holes in trees they tend to resemble aviary apartment houses The diet of the Gila woodpecker consists of insects ants and mistletoe berries in the
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