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Pileated Woodpecker (Male)

Dryocopus pileatus


Pileated Woodpeckers are mainly black with a red crest, and have a white line down the sides of the throat. They show white on the wings in flight. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat; in adult females these are black.


Woodland trail at local metropark.


Why is the bird is named “pileated?” There's a simple reason behind that: It derives from the Latin pileatus, meaning "capped." Just one glance at this bird's bright crest explains the name.

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Joseph R. Godreau
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Joseph R. Godreau

Milford Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Spotted on Apr 10, 2021
Submitted on Sep 28, 2021

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