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Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

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Large woodpecker, about the size of a crow. Inhabits hardwood forests. Powerful bill, about as long as the head, is used to chisel away decaying trees to reach insects. In flight, look for prominent white underwings and undulating flight to separate from crow. Loud drumming and calls frequently heard if they are in the area. Visits feeders in appropriate habitat. Nests in cavities.

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