Photo Feature By Mac Knight
| 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 www.pbase.com/macknight.
His home page can be found at www.macknight.addr.com.
copyrighted by the photographer. Please contact Mac Knight for permission for commercial use.
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