The Pileated Woodpecker : One Big Bird

rob paine pileated When you see a pileated woodpecker, you know its a pileated. This woodpecker is big and has a distinctive look. When I see it, it reminds me of something out of prehistoric times.

According to, ( a Web site run by the prestigious Cornell Lab of Ornithology), “The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest.” Please see more text and another photo below.

To see an incredible video of a pileated that has been posted on YouTube, click here, Wait for it… Woodpecker

Want to read some of my tips on how to photograph birds? Please check out my post titled backyard-birding-photography-made simple

To get a better idea the scale of one of these birds, check out the photo I shot below (through a window and thru a screen) of a pileated feeding on a suet cake. While the pileated will visit our suet feeder on a regular basis, I prefer to scout out a nearby tree where the woodpecker may be lunching and shoot him as he inches up the tree.

To see another photo of pileated I shot recently, please to go Backyard Birding Made Simple. Thanks for checking out my blog today. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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