Test with Sony Nex 3n and Vivitar Series 1, 100mm-500mm l3nw. VOICE: SOUNDS BY XENO-CANTO Gila Woodpecker’s calls include a rolling “churr”, and a loud and high pitched “yip” given in series. The neck, throat, belly, and head are greyish-tan in color. They call to each other constantly — a loud call that sounds to my ears like “ack-ack-ack! Each species account is written by leading ornithologists and provides detailed information on bird distribution, migration, habitat, diet, sounds, behavior, breeding, current population status, and conservation. This woodpecker's habitat consists of low desert scrub typical of the Sonoran Desert. The Gila Woodpecker is a species that symbolizes our desert as much as any species does. (Browse The Gila woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker of the desert regions of the United States and Mexico. An extensive multimedia section displays the latest photos, videos and audio selections from the Macaulay Library. This woodpecker adjusts readily to humans and is common in desert cities and suburbs. Melanerpes uropygialis . It also drums, and taps loudly on metal objects as a territorial call. A brash, noisy woodpecker of desert regions. Its drum is long and steady. Breeding in Middle America, North America: sw USA, Baja California, w Mexico; can be seen in 2 countries. The back and wings of this bird are spotted and barred with a black and white zebra-like pattern. One sees these woodpeckers everywhere, and when one doesn’t see them, he or she certainly can hear them. Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) bird sounds free on dibird.com. Common and conspicuous in stands of saguaro, or giant cactus, it also lives in the trees along desert rivers, and is quick to move into towns and suburbs. Gila Woodpecker. Distribution & habitat. A desert species, the Gila Woodpecker makes nest holes in Saguaro cactus, riparian trees and buildings. The male has a small red cap on the top of the head. These holes are often used by many other cavity nesting birds that can not make their own holes. This bird is extremely common. It feeds on insects, fruit and berries, and has been known to eat bird eggs. Behavior and ecology Breeding. They build nests in holes made in saguaro cacti or mesquite trees. This woodpecker's voice is a rolling churr sound. It also makes a yip yip yip sound and a kee-u, kee-u, kee-u sound.