Pileated Woodpecker

I uploaded a video showing this Pileated woodpecker drumming in slow-mo on my Florida Nature Blog Facebook page! You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaNatureBlog/.

These are my favorite woodpeckers. That hair swag on both the male and female got me so fascinated. I rarely can photograph these birds, let alone in our own backyard, and the bonus was that I could get close without disturbing him. (I was using my 400mm lens)

Pileated Woodpecker – Male | Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The Ivory woodpecker was the largest but now extinct; the Pileated has been donned largest woodpecker in North America. The uniqueness of all woodpeckers is that they have a split tongue. Their tongue wraps around their skull, giving them extra support when they drum while looking for food and excavating their nesting cavity. If you have heard the call of a Pileated, you will never forget it. It’s loud and recognizable. When I hear their call, I feel like I am in the jungle.

Pileated Woodpecker – Male | Photo by Alice Mary Herden

All woodpeckers need trees, and they also need snags. If you are able to leave one or two snags, many woodpeckers would really appreciate your generosity for the extra storage of insects and possibly a new place to nest. Placing dead tree limbs or stumps in your garden or leaving standing snags 5 to 15 feet in height will be perfect! But always remember safety first.

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