Hello everyone! Here we are with another one of our woodpecker species. This is the “pileated woodpecker”, and this one is a big bird, a little larger than a crow. It’s a spectacular bird with it’s large red crest which both male and female have, this one is molting a bit. This is the male which can be told by it’s red “whiskers” stretching from the base of it’s bill to it’s cheek. The female is black in that area. These big birds can dig out some huge holes in trees going after grubs, like this one has found, and ants. Woodpeckers, however, never kill a tree, it’s the insects that the woodpecker is trying to get that kill the tree. I have seen huge holes, more than 20 years old, made by this woodpecker species in large pines and yet the pine is still growing healthy. Well, I hope you all have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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