Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Description: This is a crow-sized bird with a black body and a spectacular flaming crest. It has a loud, irregular kik-kik-kikkik-kik-kik etc. call. The flashing white underwings identify this bird in flight.

Range: Canada to the southern United States.

Habitat: Found in conifer, mixed and hardwood forests and woodlots.

General: This woodpecker leaves large oval or oblong holes in the wood it digs in.


Bovey, Robin, Campbell, Wayne, and Gates, Brian. 1989. Birds of Victoria and Vicinity. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, Alberta.

Peterson, Roger Tory. 1990. Peterson Field Guides: Western Birds. Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, New York.

Udvardy, Miklos D. F. 1994. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region. Chanticlear Press, Inc. New York, New York.

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