|Female Pileated Woodpecker hunting for bugs.|
Pileated Woodpeckers live in deciduous forests, preferably containing large standing dead tress. The dead wood is a source of food as well as nesting sites.
Pileated Woodpeckers eat insects, favorites include carpenter ants and wood boring beetle larve. They also eat nuts, berries, (even poison ivy berries!).
|A male Pileated Woodpecker in flight.|
PW's nest in dead tree cavities. Using their beaks, they chip out a large nest area with multiple entrance holes. The nest is lined only with the wood chips from construction. They do not reuse the nest. (However, other birds and mammals do.)
|Youngsters peeking out of the nest.|
A pair of PW has 1 brood per year. Both parents incubate the 3-5 eggs. 12-16 days later they hatch and nestle 24-31 days before going out on their own.
|The male (on the left) has a larger red crest than the female and a red stripe on the lower cheek.|
A pair stays together and in the same area all year . They drum their beaks against a tree to proclaim their territory.