Sunday, October 22, 2006

Pileated Woodpeckers

These birds are so fascinating to me. They appear so huge compared to the other woodpeckers we get. They have a loud call that reminds me of being in the jungle.

Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest woodpeckers in North America (with the exception of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, which was thought to have been extinct, but recent findings may discover otherwise in time).

They are about the size of a crow and black, with bright red pointed crests, the red more extensive on the crests of males. Males also have red moustache stripes as you can see on this one, while the females are black.

I had a male visit our small suet feeder and that was very comical to watch since he was more than twice it's size. I shot some close-ups of his large beak and claws. The 5 best photos begin here. Click the double arrows to the right to see them all.

I also posted a short video on YouTube of one digging away at a dead tree in front of our porch.

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