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 sassy, showy bird is basically the Texas counterpart of the more widespread Red-bellied Woodpecker. The Golden-front occurs in drier, thornier, and less densely forested districts than those of its eastern congener. Where the two species overlap, they hybridize. The model is a mixed bag of future prospects for the Golden-fronted Woodpecker: substantial movement northward and more climatically suitable area overall in summer versus loss in winter of currently suitable climate space. Of special concern is the fact that only 38% of both summer and winter regions is forecast to remain stable. For non-migratory species, the decoupling of summer and winter areas is usually bad news. Unless this sedentary woodpecker suddenly becomes migratory, it may be headed for some amount of population decline.