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Male pileated woodpecker foraging on a tree trunk

Did you know that other birds are attracted to the rectangular holes that pileated woodpeckers drill?

Pileated Woodpeckers
a Glance

Male pileated woodpecker foraging on a tree trunk

Key Features:

Pileated woodpeckers are large, black birds with white stripes on their heads and chests and red necks. Males have a red stripe on their cheeks that females do not..

Least Concern - Population Increasing


Deciduous and mixed forests

nesting habits:

Pileated woodpeckers nest in holes in dead trees.

seasons pileated woodpeckers are active in our area:

All year


Insects, fruit, and nuts

hunting Behavior:

Pileated woodpeckers forage by drilling holes in dead trees.

Commonly Confused With:

Red-Headed Woodpeckers

Mature red-headed woodpecker looking out from its perch on a broken, dead tree trunk

Male pileated woodpeckers are often confused with red-headed woodpeckers because both have similar patterns and red on their heads.

Partially hidden male pileated woodpecker foraging on a tree trunk

Pileated woodpeckers have red on their heads less white on them than red-headed woodpeckers.

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