Dryocopus pileatus

Common Names: Pileated woodpecker
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, & Flickers

It is the largest woodpecker in America. They are mainly black with a red crest, and have a white line down the sides of the throat. They show white on the wings in flight. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat, in adult females these are black. The call is a wild laugh, and Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer.

These birds mainly eat insects, especially carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae, fruits, and nuts. They often chip out large and roughly rectangular holes in trees while searching out insects. Found in deciduous or mixed forests.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.