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Pileated Woodpecker Video

At a height of 17 inches, pileated woodpeckers are the largest woodpeckers in North America (unless someone finds a live Ivory-billed woodpecker). They are found throughout Canada, and in dense mature forests in the eastern half of the USA.

Rarely seen, they are a birdwatchers delight when they are spotted.  If you’re looking for them in the woods, look forthe long rectangular or oval holes they have excavated. Both males and females have the red cap, but that of the male is more extensive.

This video gives a perfect view of the unique woodpecker body type, with their legs facing forward for gripping, instead of down for walking.

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