Big bird built for pecking
Post-concussion syndrome not a concern for the head-banging pileated woodpecker
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 06:00 am
Crow-sized woodpecker with a black body, big long beak, white-streaked face and a huge red crest.
Hacking away at a tree in a big forest, searching for ants.
Occasionally confused with:
Crows, which lack the white patches under their wings.
The word dryocopus comes from the Greek words for tree (drys) and cleaver (kopis). Pileatus is Latin for crested.