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== Interesting Pileated Woodpecker Facts ==
 
== Interesting Pileated Woodpecker Facts ==
• The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest Woodpecker in North America.
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• The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest Woodpecker in North America.<br/>
• The roost of a Pileated Woodpecker usually has multiple entrance holes.
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• The roost of a Pileated Woodpecker usually has multiple entrance holes.<br/>
• The sound that a Pileated Woodpecker makes when boring a hole in a tree is so loud that it can be heard over long distances.
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• The sound that a Pileated Woodpecker makes when boring a hole in a tree is so loud that it can be heard over long distances.<br/>
• Pileated Woodpeckers make very large holes in dead trees that sometimes the holes can cause a small tree to break in half!
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• Pileated Woodpeckers make very large holes in dead trees that sometimes the holes can cause a small tree to break in half!<br/>
 
• Pileated Woodpeckers have been observed to move their eggs which have fallen off the nest to another site. This is a rare habit with other birds.
 
• Pileated Woodpeckers have been observed to move their eggs which have fallen off the nest to another site. This is a rare habit with other birds.
  

Revision as of 08:36, 15 October 2006

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The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a very large North American woodpecker. It is also known as the Log Cock (Logcock, and, by corruption, Lord God Bird, Good God Bird, or Great God Bird).

Adults are mainly black with a red crest and a white line down the sides of the throat. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat and red on the front of the crown. In adult females, these are black. They show white on the wings in flight. The only North American birds of similar plumage and size are the Ivory-billed Woodpecker of the Southeastern United States and Cuba, and the related Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico. Both of those species are extremely rare, if not extinct.


White wing linings

Their breeding habitat is forested areas with large trees across Canada, the eastern United States and parts of the Pacific coast. They nest in a large cavity in a dead tree or a dead part of a tree; this bird usually excavates a new home each year, creating habitat for other large cavity nesters.

This bird is usually a permanent resident.

These birds chip out holes, often quite large and roughly rectangular, while searching out insects in trees. They mainly eat insects, especially beetle larvae, carpenter ants, and fruits, berries and nuts.

The call is a wild laugh, similar to the Northern Flicker. Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer. This bird favors mature forests, but has adapted to use second-growth stands and heavily wooded parks as well.

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Interesting Pileated Woodpecker Facts

• The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest Woodpecker in North America.
• The roost of a Pileated Woodpecker usually has multiple entrance holes.
• The sound that a Pileated Woodpecker makes when boring a hole in a tree is so loud that it can be heard over long distances.
• Pileated Woodpeckers make very large holes in dead trees that sometimes the holes can cause a small tree to break in half!
• Pileated Woodpeckers have been observed to move their eggs which have fallen off the nest to another site. This is a rare habit with other birds.

References

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