Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker (Scientific name - Dryocopus pileatus) is a large woodpecker with a long neck and distinctive triangular red crest. The body is mostly black and the head has white stripes. The males have a red stripe on the cheek, while on the female it is black. They are a forest bird and use their long bill to drill holes in rotten wood to get insects. They are found in the Eastern United States to the East of the Mississippi and across much of Canada below the Territories and also down into Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Photos were taken in March 2015 at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack, British Columbia.


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