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Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

Description:

A large North American woodpecker, roughly crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast.

Habitat:

Forested areas across Canada, the eastern United States and parts of the Pacific coast. This bird favors mature forests and heavily wooded parks.

Notes:

This was seen while birding a local park in Calgary. A nice bird to start the New Year with.

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4 Comments

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 6 years ago

Yesterday I went on a 6 mile hike at a state park. So much fresh woodpecker evidence everywhere, but not a Pileated Woodpecker (my favorite) in sight.

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 6 years ago

Largest woodpecker in NA except for the Ivory-billed (probably extinct!). Gorgeous!

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 6 years ago

I didn't realize these adult birds were 16-19 inches long. That is huge.

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 6 years ago

This is my favorite woodpecker. I hope to spot one someday. I seem to remember seeing these when I was a child in my home state of NJ. Awesome!

ianmaton
Spotted by
ianmaton

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Lat: 50.97, Long: -114.03

Spotted on Jan 1, 2013
Submitted on Jan 1, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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