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Birds Nesting in Saguaro Cavities

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This collection provides an overview of the birds that are known to nest in cavities in the giant Saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) of the Sonoran Desert of North America. Only two species, Gila Woodpeckers (Melanerpes uropygialis) and Gilded Flickers (Colaptes chrysoides), excavate cavities from the Saguaros. All other birds reuse the nest holes created by these woodpeckers.


References


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Inouye, R. S., N. J. Huntly, and D. W. Inouye. 1981. Non-random orientation of Gila Woodpecker nest entrances in saguaro cacti. Condor 83:88–89.

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