Sunday, 17 April 2011

Pileated Perspective

If you've never seen the pileated woodpecker, the pictures, without some perspective, do little to convey their size. Adults can get up to 18" tall with a wingspan of nearly 30". This year round resident of New Brunswick eats by drilling into the heartwood of dead trees looking for beetle larva. They also consume ants and berries. Like most woodpeckers, the pileated has four toes on each foot, two facing forward and two backward. While we may not get to see them very often, we hear them, as their call, which sounds like laughing, is loud and very recognizable. Pictured at right is the male and below the female.... can you spot the main difference?

Azzie & Wendy behind my house

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