Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
- HABITAT - The Pileated Woodpecker can be found in open pine forests coniferous and deciduous forests. with large widely spaced older trees. They can be found in Canada and in western Washington all the way down to northern parts of California and most areas of the eastern United States.
- DIET - A large part of their diet is made up of carpenter ants and beetles. It also eats fruits and nuts. It uses its sharp bill to pull bark off trees to find ant colonies. It then uses its long tongue to poke into holes and drag out ants.
- FACTS - Nesting cavities are typically made in dead wood, 5 to 20 metres off the ground with a large round or vertically elliptical hole. New holes are made each year, probably to avoid parasites. Pileated Woodpeckers usually mate for life. They lay on average 4 eggs, with both partners sharing nesting duties from building to incubating to feeding.