Bird of the week: Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

(year around)
Female front, male rear
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Photos by Local Color Photography
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Pileated Woodpecker
Dryocopus pileatus
Size & Shape: The Pileated Woodpecker is a very large woodpecker with a long neck and a triangular crest that sweeps off the back of the head. The bill is long and chisel-like, about the length of the head. In flight, the wings are broad and the bird can seem crowlike.
Both Sexes
Length: 15.8-19.3 in (40-49 cm)
Weight: 8.8-12.3 oz (250-350 g)
Wingspan: 26.0-29.5 in (66-75 cm)
Color Pattern: Pileated Woodpeckers are mostly black with white stripes on the face and neck and a flaming-red crest. Males have a red stripe on the cheek. In flight, the bird reveals extensive white underwings and small white crescents on the upper side, at the bases of the primaries.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Link to Birds Page