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Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus


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.


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


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

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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 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!

Spotted by

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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