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Pileated Woodpecker -
(Dryocopus pileatus)



  • Large, crow-sized woodpecker
  • Black body with white stripe down
         side of neck
  • Large white underwing area
  • Black and white head with prominent
         red crest
  • Red on crest extends down to beak on male
  • 16.5" (42 cm.)


  • Deciduous and mixed mature forest

Additional Information

  • Uncommon resident
  • Largest woodpecker in Wisconsin
  • Needs old growth conditions; food
         source is in old or decaying wood
  • Gives loud ringing series of "wuck" calls
  • Excavates large rectangular holes,
         searching for carpenter ants
  • Nest hole is smaller and round

Pileated Woodpecker at characteristic rectangular hole

Pileated Woodpecker on tree trunk


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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