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Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Scientific name: Melanerpes aurifrons

Found only in Texas and Oklahoma among U.S. states, the Golden-fronted Woodpecker’s biology has not been well studied. The Golden-fronted Woodpecker is an avid consumer of fruits and nuts as well as insects, and is known to hybridize with Red-bellied Woodpeckers in parts of its range.

Golden-fronted Woodpeckers often eat the fruit of the prickly pear cactus when it is in season, sometimes turning their faces purple from the juice. Corn and bananas are also on the menu for Golden-fronted Woodpeckers.