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Photo Feature By Mac Knight

Pileated Woodpeckers

A female pileated woodpecker, top, and male below, preening. The pileated woodpecker is about 15 inches in length and is one of the largest woodpeckers found in North America. (Only the possibly extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the southeastern United States and Cuba and the Imperial Woodpecker of western Mexico are larger.) It has a black body, a red crest, white stripes on its neck and black and white stripes on its face. It has yellow bristly feathers over its nostrils that keep out wood chips. Males and females are similar, but males have a red forehead, and females have a gray to yellowish brown forehead. The pileated woodpecker lives in Canada from British Columbia east to Nova Scotia and can be found in most areas of the eastern United States. Mr. Mac Knight, a well-known bird photographer, shares his collection with the JSU Newswire and welcomes bird enthusiasts to see his extensive archive of other bird photos at His home page can be found at

Male and female pair.

Male, top knot raised.

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