Pileated Woodpecker

February 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

With its large size and flaming red crest, the Pileated Woodpecker is one of North America's most spectacular birds. Its loud call and drumming can be heard echoing through mixed and coniferous forests. With its large chisel-shaped beak and powerful neck muscles, it is capable of drilling deep holes in a tree in its quest for insects. Like other woodpeckers, dead standing trees are a crucial component of its habitat. Thanks to the maturation of second-growth forests in Ontario, the Pileated Woodpecker's population in Ontario has been increasing in recent years. 

 

Pileated Woodpecker on an Oak Tree


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