Pileated Woodpecker Photo Gallery
Listen for their tapping then look!
What does the Pileated Woodpecker look like?
Pileated Woodpeckers are large woodland field birds that have long necks, bright red triangular crests on their heads. Their bills are long and tough. They are predominately black with white striping on their faces. Males have a red stripe on their cheeks. In flight, they have white under-wings.
Pileated Woodpecker Habitat
Pileated Woodpecker Facts
Pileated Woodpeckers live in pairs year round and will aggressively defend their territory. They are one of the largest Woodpeckers. They are considered a keystone species because their nests provide shelter for many other species. Also, they are particular effective at controlling devastating tree beetle outbreaks. They prefer large trees to nest in. There are four sub-species of the pileated woodpecker. Hikers will likely hear their tapping before spotting them.