05 April 2009

The Pileated Couple

If you are lucky enough to have a pair of these woodpeckers in your neck of the woods, here is how to tell the sexes apart. By the way the word pileated comes from the Latin word pileatus which means 'capped'.

Males have a full crest that extends from bill to neck and a red whisker line on the side of the neck,

whereas the female has a partial crest and the whisker line is black.

Their favorite feeder food is suet and when they are out foraging for themselves they are making big marks in the local woods.

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