The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
This desert woodpecker is tolerant of various habitat types within its range: broadleaf riparian groves, saguaro “forests,” and urban districts. The species is endangered in California and extirpated from Nevada, but it is worth noting that the species’ presence in those states is peripheral to the core range. Audubon’s climate model projects huge shifts for the Gila Woodpecker, with suitable climate space in summer increasing significantly but shifting radically, with only 23% of summer range remaining stable. Much of the predicted increase in climate space, both in summer and winter, is in geographically unlikely areas of the southeastern United States, and area this species will never be able to colonize.