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Common Bird Species of Northwestern Ontario

MAMMALS

FISHES

REPTILES

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Dryocopus pileatus
Pilated Woodpecker

Description

Distinguishing Features - Primarily black; white stripe on side of head, down neck and as accents on wings. Crest red. Male and female similar in colouration but the male displays red on forehead and at the base of the bill.

Pilated Woodpecker Size - 40.5 - 49.5 cm (16.25 - 19.75 in).

Habitat

Established, mature woodstands, primarily conifer stands with standing dead trees.

Nesting

Excavates a cavity in a deciduous or coniferous tree. Eggs, 3 - 4; white. Incubation period 17 - 19 days.

Notes

The largest of our woodpeckers. The Pilated Woodpecker's song is a simple, low-pitched Cuk-cuk-cuk.






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