Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Giant, “Woody Woodpecker” of forests.  Common in the East, southern Canada and the West Coast.  Very large, black, with white facial stripes and flaming red crest; white underwings in flight.  Loud drumming may be heard at a great distance.  Prefers mature forests with rotten wood where it excavates distinct, rectangular holes up to 12 inches long to feed on insects, especially ants; may also be seen in partially wooded areas in the East.   May come to feeders for suet and seed; also eats fruit.  Monogamous; excavate oval-shaped nest hole in large dead trees.  Lifespan up to 12 years.  Population ~ 1.9 million and probably increasing.

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January 24, 2015