Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pileated woodpecker - Art by Claudia McGehee

Pileated woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus

This crow-size woodpecker is known for its flaming red crest; males have red mustaches as well. They prefer thick woodlands with older trees; look for their triangular nest holes in dead trees. Strong legs help them hang from the sides of trees, drumming with their beaks in search of insects. With well-developed vocal cords and the ability to drum and tap, woodpeckers are well equipped to communicate.

Claudia McGehee, A Woodland Counting Book

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