- Dryocopus pileatus
L. 40-48 cm (15¾-19 in); Weight 250-350 g
- Red crest
- White line down the sides of the throat
- Red malar stripe and forehead in male
- Black malar stripe and pale forehead in female
Juvenile like adult except for dark eye
Two subspecies are recognized:
- D. p. pileatus in south-east US, (Illinois to Florida).
- D. p. abieticola in the rest of the range (south British Columbia to central California and north-eastern US)
Nests are excavated in the cavities of dead trees.
Includes insects (especially beetle larvae and carpenter ants) as well as fruits, berries and nuts. Large, oval shaped cavities act as clues to the bird's presence.
A loud, wild kekekekekekekekekeke
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Pileated Woodpecker. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Pileated_Woodpecker