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Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus


Large (crow-sized) black woodpecker with large crimson crest, white neck stripe, facial markings and wing patch. Males have a red mustache mark. This one (hard to see, I know) was a male!


Mature coniferous and mixed forests.


This guy had been pecking away for a while but I figured I wouldn't find him so I didn't even look. But then I heard the flapping of large wings in the greenbelt near where I was milling around so I decided to look and there he was, working his way around a redcedar in a spiral before hopping to the next one. I could not get a clear shot of him because he wouldn't sit still for me but I did get a very good look and he was gorgeous.

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Olympia, Washington, USA

Spotted on Jul 10, 2012
Submitted on Jul 10, 2012

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