The Travels of Tug 44

Pileated Woodpecker

This is a female Pileated Woodpecker. The males look the same, except for their cheek-stripe, starting at the back of the beak, which is red on the males and black on the females.   high-res

Pileated Woodpeckers like carpenter ants, termites, and all kinds of wood-boring and other bugs. When these are in short supply, they switch to berries. This one is eating sumac berries.   high-res

Holes drilled in trees by a Pileated Woodpecker tend to be rectangular, and huge. Sometimes it looks like they are making a canoe! Their nest is a cavity drilled into a tree, which takes the male 3-6 weeks to make.   high-res

The Pileated Woodpecker, mother nature's lumberjack.

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