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Pileated Woodpecker

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Dryocopus
Species: pileatus


Pileated Woodpecker, F.C. Hennessey, Birds of Canada, P.A. Taverner, 1934


Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Circe, mythological daughter
     of Helios, changed Picus, son
     of Saturn, into a woodpecker
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. drus tree
Gr. kopos cutter
La. pileum a cap
La. pileatus capped
Pileated Woodpeckers are roughly seventeen inches long. White head and throat with tall scarlet red crest feathers. A black streak from the nostril, passing over the eyes to the back of the head and down over the shoulders. A red line below the cheek. Black upper and lower parts. Black wings with obscure white markings revealed in flight. Often mistaken for an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, although not quite as large.

     USGS Pileated Woodpecker Map

Inhabits forests throughout most of North America below 63 degrees latitude, except in the southern Rocky Mountains.

Excavates nests from twenty to eighty feet in tall trees such as oaks, sycamore, elms and pines.

The Pileated Woodpecker nest box has a 10" by 10" floor, 24" inside ceiling, 4" diameter entrance hole located 21" above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assembled with screws.  Hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks for easy access.

Lays three to five white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another four weeks.

Print free woodworking birdhouse plans for Pileated Woodpecker, Kestrel & Screech Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Nestbox Plans

Kestrels and Screech Owls may use this nest box.

Have a professional mount this box with the entrance hole facing south or east 20 feet or higher on a tree in forest edge, or grove. They seem to prefer south or east facing entrances.

Because they commonly excavate their own cavities, fill this box full of wood chips.

Pilleated Woodpecker, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Birds of America, 1917

Louis Agassiz Fuertes




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