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Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus 
Woodpecker family (Picidae)

A large woodpecker. Mostly black with a bright red crest. In flight, white on linings of underwings visible. Long and broad bill with a chisel-like tip.

Mature forests

Nests in cavities in large dead trees. Eggs are white. Clutch size – 4 eggs.


Loud series of “cuk” notes, “cuk cuk cuk cuk.”  Call is similar to Northern Flicker but Pileated Woodpecker's notes are louder and vary in pitch, almost having a ringing or echoing nature through the woods. 

Name Origin:

The genus name Dryocopus is from the Greek for "tree dagger."  The species name pileatus is from the Latin for “capped.”

In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident.